Thursday, May 7, 2015

(Animal-Friendly) Dissection

A while back I had read (and now lost) a post about dissecting plush toys from the thrift store.
More recently, I noticed a post on 'Exploratorium' that encouraged youth to dissect toys and recreate them

My intent with this introduction to dissection, was not to mortify O & Baby C by dissecting a doll (even a thrift store buy would have devastated them!) but rather to dissect objects that we can no longer use, in hopes to find a new use or at the very least, figure out the mechanics of items we use every day.

This project was very much about the process, not necessarily a product (other than learning!)
As we were working, I realized how many bases we were covering:
Language: learning new terms; fabric, foam, dissect, landfill
Experiment, Create, Imagine; how can we re-purpose pieces that we salvage?
Environment; natural or human-made resources, questioning whether we can repair, salvage or re-purpose before sending items to landfill
Fine Motor; using new tools to deconstruct
Mechanics; how things are made, materials used to produce products

 Carrier Dissection
We started with my beloved Ergo Carrier that has died. RIP.
It (was) a knock-off from China, no doubt, so there was no hope of breathing new life into it. Once it started to tear, there was no turning back and since it carries my Baby C, it was best we bought new!
We removed the buckles and belts first and decided to hold onto them for future projects. Then O went to work with scissors and sewing tools to pull apart the stitching and see what was inside.

We looked at the foam inserts and talked about how we could re-purpose it into something useful.
O suggested, "For shoe's. To make the bottom of our shoe's softer!"

Then proceeded to try it around the circumference of her head!

Next, we took a broken musical card, I had gifted my grandfather and he promised to give back, since neither O nor Baby C really wanted to give it away in the first place!
It was very well-loved!

Though I didn't take apart all the pieces, we did open up the paper to reveal the inner workings.
Once we looked at the wires, we labelled which parts were responsible for which jobs: receiving (and sending) the messages, playing the music, spinning the pinwheel.
The beautiful book entitled 'Things Come Apart', would be a practical addition to dismantling a musical card!

Tinkering Abound. One of our favourite websites, 'The Kids Should See This'  (see 'Love Play Learn' at right) we visit weekly, for short video's about all things interesting. Recently, I noticed they have a Gift Guide with several tinkering kits available!
Kiwi Crate. You can order a tinker kit right to your mailbox!
Zoomtools. These remind me of elementary school, My Dear Watson
Magnatiles. Lovely on the light table!
Cubebots. Cute (natural wood!) robots! 
KEVA Contraptions.
Little Bits Electronic Kits. 
Lego Architect. This list would not be complete, without LEGO
Makey Makey. 

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