One of my favorite projects we have focused on this year at Van Meter have been the different types of games we have created in kindergarten through 12th grade.
We have created games focused around all kind of different topics with Bloxels and digital BreakoutEDU's. It has been been so inspiring and fun to see what our students have created from our kindergarteners creating video games with Bloxels for their animal research PBL's to digital BreakoutEDU's from our 4th graders and biology students in the secondary.
But guess what? Those aren't the only two platforms they have used to create games!
At the beginning of the year, our friends at Maker Maven introduced us to a brand new product from Crayola called creatED, which has brought even more learning, writing, creativity, collaboration and fun to our school community.
The Design A Game, a Create-to-Learn STEAM Program from...
...createED, a Project Based Learning program by Crayola, contains everything needed to create amazing board games which can focus on absolutely any topic.
Each Design A Game, contains so many wonderful resources to engage and excite every age.
They include pencils, markers, paper cards, wet-erase cards, sticker sheets for dice, game board and more.
Everything that your students will need to create their own game is included, which is what makes this kit stand out above the rest!
You can read this post to learn more about the kit.
After I received the kits, I went to two of my grade levels, 2nd and 5th, to see if they would be interested in collaborating and creating projects around this super cool product.
They were both in!
The first grade level project I am going to share is the 2nd grade and their Fairy Tale Crayola Board Game Project!
The 2nd grade teachers, Staci Braun, Tracy Ferguson and Megan Warwick, had told me earlier in the spring, they were going to be focusing on fairy tales and fractured fairy tales towards the end of the year. I thought this would be the perfect tie in to this new product.
When I went to collaborate with them around this focus and the possibility of using the Crayola creatED Design A Game, we discussed how we would lay out the project across the grade level and within each classroom.
We decided that each class would break into small groups, which would then focus on a fairy tale of their choice. Their game would be a fractured fairy version of their fairy tale, making every one very unique.We kicked it off together with all three sections in Staci's classroom.
To start, we discussed fairy tales and fractured fairy tales and explained how several different ones would be shared by the three teachers and all students would be rotating through the classrooms to listen.
In order to be prepared for this part of the project, I ordered a whole new set of amazing fractured fairy tales from our publisher friends at Capstone. They have the best collection of fractured fairy tales from picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, science focused fractured fairy tales and more. You can search for them at Capstone here.
This was a great way to explain not only the project, but also the new product we would be using.We should them examples from the Crayola creatED Teachers Guide....
...to show game board design,
and how to create the dice.
...all of the different jobs needed within their small groups to create the games. It was fun to hear what other jobs they thought we needed too.
After the whole group explanation, each teachers went back to their classrooms to share the two different fairy tales they were to focus on that day. We found several fractured fairy tales for each one and...
...added several more along the way.It was so fun to visit all three of the classrooms as they not only read and shared several different stories, but....
...discussed and brainstormed how these fairy tales could be turned into the focus of a board game.
They read and rotated through the fairy tales for two days so every student had an opportunity to hear each one.
After the different fairy tales were shared, read, and discussed, we thought it was important to have a couple days of playing different board games.
We wanted them to become familiar with not only how to play different games, but to pay attention to the design of the boards, cards, dice, spinners, game pieces...
...and even the instructions of how to play.
After watching them play and discuss the different board games, we met up again and decided to have them all model their games after Candy Land. With only two weeks of the school year left and this being the first time doing this project with the 2nd graders, using Candy Land as a model would help all of us create the best games and experiences possible.
We found the directions for Candy Land online here and printed off copies for each group.
We also found this video explaining Candy Land....
This is what each group would use as they brainstormed and created their game.
We made it simple,
yet gave them a space to write out all of the details to ensure they would be successful in each step of creating their game.
They would use this page to sketch out their game board idea and then.....
...use a larger piece to sketch out the draft of their game board with details and colors.
They loved using the Model Magic to create their characters....
They are very proud of their creations and....
...we can't wait to see all of them and how they are used this week as their...
They are excited to take their creations home at the end of the school year too.
This week, the 2nd graders will finish up their games and take turns sharing and playing each others in all three of the 2nd grade classrooms.
They will also share them with other grades and even team up with our 5th graders who created awesome Crayola creatED board games too! I will share a post about this project next.
These educational tools and platforms have definitely made a difference in the learning, engagement and creativity of our learners this year. We can't wait to see what this week holds and are super excited to bring these to even more students next year.We are so thankful for the chance to bring games to our library and students. Thank you Maker Maven and Crayola for making this possible with this amazing new kit!
You will find the K-1 Design A Game,
2-3 Design A Game,here on the Maker Maven site.