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A Creative Twist on the Tower of Babel

on October 21, 2013

I just came back from the KidMin Conference in Columbus, Ohio last week – AMAZING experience, by the way! – where I went to a seminar on the 5 C’s of 21st century learning.  One of these C’s is “creativity.”  The speaker decided to stretch our creativity by having us create a tower using any item in the room.  Her word of exhortation to start us off was this: Don’t “think outside the box.” That inherently puts a box in the picture.   Be creative.

I thought we were being pretty creative till the guy on the left stood up on the table and lifted the ceiling tile so we could continue to build!

KidMin Tower of Babel

The speaker then explained that an activity like this could be used when teaching a lesson on the Tower of Babel, which just so happened to be our lesson at First Alliance Kids for the following Sunday!

I gave our kids a few more limitations than we were given in the seminar at KidMin, mostly because I was afraid that they would stack bookshelves on the table!  I gave them a box of random items from our supply room including popsicle sticks, rulers, pipe cleaners, tin foil, and a few other oddities, then charged them with the task of working as a team to create the tallest tower they possibly could.  It was such a fun learning experience!  Here is part of their tower in progress:

Tower of Babel

 

It was a great intro to our lesson on the Tower of Babel – and so simple to pull off!  What are some ways that you’ve encouraged creativity in your classroom?

 

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2 responses to “A Creative Twist on the Tower of Babel

  1. Kathy Bowman says:

    I am wanting to order 2 posters from WordPress. I found the posters after doing a google search for scripture memorization posters. I cannot access the sites to order.

    The first was through whenoneteachestwolearn.wordpress.com that showed a photo of lego’s with scripture taped to the blocks to read acts 1:8 (but you shall receive power…witnesses to me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria ..to the ends of the earth)

    The 2nd poster was through internationalmomblog.wordpress that had 2 Timothy 1:7 written out. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

    Are these posters still available? How can I order? What are the sizes of the posters? What is the cost with shipping and delivery?

    Thank you!
    Kathy Bowman
    Kathybowman6910@gmail.com
    269-501-2826

  2. Hi, Kathy! The Lego image is actually just a photo that I took, not a poster.

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