ADVENTURE INTO STICK-TO-IT-IVENESS
Manners and compassion are helpful traits, but they don’t magically appear overnight. They take practice, patience, and positive reinforcement – even for adults! Finding challenges that allow ourselves to work through frustrations is how we learn, whether it’s just continuing to work hard on a project or learning how to do something new.
At TomTod, we call this gutsy stick-to-it-iveness! What can you do to build that keep-at-it attitude in yourself today? Can you apply this attitude to solving difficult problems? We have some ideas that you can try along with us.
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Watch + Learn
Work together and create an amazing meal! Add the ingredients you have in the fridge or pantry here and see what recipes pop up, or whip up (or create) your family’s own secret recipe. Whatever you decide to create, do it together! Check out developmentally appropriate cooking tasks at eatgathergo.org.
Looking for new mealtime conversation starters? Use the following questions as prompts and let the chatting begin! Don’t talk with your mouth full!
- What is your most valued social and/or family connection?
- How does connection improve and complicate your life?
Student Design Challenge
Check out 10 great inventions from students your age. Now come up with your own invention. Accept the Invent the Future Challenge from kid-museum.org. This year’s challenge question is “What will you make to protect life on this planet?” Here are three easy steps from kid-museum to start your invention:
- Create Designs! You don’t have to be a good artist to create a working sketch. If digital design interests you, check out TinkerCad, a free 3D modeling website.
- Prototype: Do you have paper? Tape? Then you can make a prototype! Using maker skills and household items, build a simple model of your design — and see it come to life!
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Thank you and Adventure on! – The TomTod Team