How To Celebrate Winter Solstice- Classroom Fun!

Today I got to spend time with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders talking about Winter Solstice at a local (Phoenix, AZ) elementary school. Lots of fun folding and cutting paper! They were all concentrating so well - some chose the more complex polyhedrons and were pleasantly surprised that they intuitively knew how it all came together. I love it when they trust themselves to figure it all out; to stay with it and then they love that they were able to do it on their own!
There's something magical about folding polyhedrons. I think it's because they are going from a two-dimentional flat (polygon shape) paper into a three-dimentional (polyhedron) form. Tape is pretty magical too; nothing like tape to make everything come together... 

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