The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in February, 2011.
This low-mess project kept my preschooler busy for a whole morning. Lots of fun for curious kids!
Not too long ago we had a big print job in our home, which peaked my daughter’s interest in the printer. The noises, lights, and moving paper were all new and exciting, I’m sure. Every time I printed something, she volunteered to rescue it from the machine. So we set up a scanning project, just for her. For the first run, we helped her select some objects to scan. Once she got a hang of it, she was off on her own!
Setting up materials on the printer bed.
She experimented with different materials: puzzle pieces, acorns, baker’s twine, and her own hands. And she experimented with different colors of paper.
While this quickly became HER project, I was lucky enough to be invited to join her.
If you don’t have a printer/scanner, you could easily do this in your local printshop (which we’ve done too!). N thought this was cool field trip. I think she liked the big machines, the whirling sound of copies as the come out of the printer, and the novelty of it.
- Cause and Effect: How placement of objects on scanner affects the image output
- Exploring the functions of machines and how they can help us
- Composition and Selection: Making choices about what objects to place, and in which location
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Have you tried scanning with your kids? If this inspires you to do some scanning, please come back with your stories with me.
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