This session began life as an extension activity to The Ship of Theseus session (see The If Machine p. 86) but has now developed into a session in it’s own right. It’s a good get-up-and-do session.
Equipment needed and preparation: space, a class of children
Starting age: 8 years
Key concepts / vocabulary: change, identity, ...
Many years ago, in Northern Italy, lived a king. He lived in a palace with his son, the Prince. Every week the king and his son would walk out of the castle, down the hill, through the trees to a lake. They would swim for hours and then, when they had swum enough; they would walk back to the castle with water dripping off the end of the...
Pieces with which a model of a caterpillar can be made
Read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in a fun and engaging way (e.g. leave out some words and refrains for them to say).
Make a model of a caterpillar on the floor for them all to see and ask them to take you through the transformati...