Cubles for Education
Cubles is a great educational tool that will inspire creativity! Cubles align with many of the spatial reasoning common core standards for grade school. Teachers utilize Cubles in many creative ways to educate students in the following areas:
- Spatial Reasoning
- Linear Problem Solving
- Fine Motor Skills Development
- Three Dimensional Thinking
- Creative Thinking
Cubles is a foldable activity for kids. One day in 2012, Joel, the inventor, was looking at a box and was thinking about how he could turn that box into an activity that uses the mind and the hands. As an inventor and a parent, he saw the need for activities that got us away from screens, were affordable, recyclable, and could be locally made. Through countless evenings while working full time, and through years of research and trial prototypes, which were evaluated and redesigned, Cubles was born. This lesson plan is fun, engaging, and is meant to simulate the innovative thinking within children. Below is a break down of the lesson objectives, needed supplies, sample lesson plan outline, and optional creative modules.
Cubles Lesson Plan
- Main Module
- Cubles for each student
- Optional Modules
- Story Making
- Paper and pencil or other writing utensil
- Creative objects to make props like:
- Construction Paper
- Crayons and Markers
- Stop Motion
- Paper and pencil
- A laptop, tablet, or phone capable of taking video
- A stop motion app
- Story Making
Intro (5 min):
The start of this lesson plan is to ask questions that get students thinking about what it means to be an inventor:
- Have you ever looked at something – an object – and thought how you could turn it into something else?
- Do you know what an inventor is?
- Can you name any inventor?
- Do you realize that pretty much everything we use in our life started from an inventor? Someone was curious about a problem and set out to solve it.
- Are there any problem that you can think of that need solving?
- The inventor of Cubles (Joel) started that way. One day he was looking at a box and wondered “How can I make a toy from a box?”
- What do you think the problem was that Joel saw?
- To many toys are made from plastic. What problem does plastic pose?
- So many toys today are expensive. What problem does affordable toys address?
- Too many toys are not very creative. Why is it important to make creative toys?
Activity (20 min):
- Have students choose a Cubles.
- Either have them work individually or in groups of 2 to 4.
- Ask them what they see after they open their Cubles?
- Where would they start?
- Let start together with one part.
- Punch out the foot piece.
- Work with students to assemble feet.
- Have students assemble the rest of the body.
- Then ask students how to connect the body pieces together?
- Talk about the Key Lock Joint
- The Key Lock Joint is one of the patented parts of Cubles. What is a patent?
Wrap up (5 min):
- When the students are done ask them what they learned? What was easy? What was challenging?
- Here are some additi:
- Create a stop motion video with their Cubles
- Create a play with their Cubles
- The video or play could be a group activity
- Create a short story about their Cubles
Optional Module #1: Story Making Narrative Story Lesson
- Students write a story based on their Cubles character
- Students choose a theme to base their story from
- Beginning – students create a beginning to the story that catches the reader’s attention
- Body – students develop their stories around a problem or plot that needs to be solved
- Cliffhanger – students include a cliffhanger that encourages the reader to wonder what happens next
- Ending – students conclude the story with an ending that satisfies the writer and reader
Optional Module #2: Stop Motion Video
- Studets make a Stop Motion Video based of their Narrative Story or Story Board
- Introduction to Stop Motion Video
- Follow steps from chosen Stop Motion Video App