On the first Saturday of the month we run Pitt Stops at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Pitt Stops are afternoon drop-in family workshops that everyone is welcome to attend, and each month we explore a different theme linked to the collections. In October we looked at travel and transport with our exciting workshop, Round, Round, Get Around. One hundred children attended the workshop with their parents and carers between 1-4pm. They had a choice of making a car, a plane, or a boat. The car proved to be the most popular activity, and for this children could make a small model car that was powered by a balloon! It was a great activity that encouraged children to use lots of skills including thinking and planning as well as physical making and construction. When they had finished making their balloon-powered car they could then test it out on the racetrack that I had set up in the museum.
|Racing balloon-powered cars! © Pitt Rivers Museum|
The Pitt Rivers Museum has lots of boats, which I discovered from running an under 5s
event called Row, Row, Row Your Boat. One
of the best boats is the Salama boat, which is used for fishing in shallow
waters. The boat has an outrigger sticking out of the side which helps it to
float as it does not have a keel underneath to steady it like many other boats. Children
also had the opportunity to make a model Salama boat to take home with them.
One of the great things about the balcony location of the activity is that if
you look above you there is a large Salama boat hanging from the ceiling, so
children can see the ‘real thing’ they are trying to replicate.
|Salama boat model! © Pitt Rivers Museum|
It is a good idea to have a contrast of modes of transport as it encourages children to think about the different ways in which people have travelled in the past, and how we ourselves travel today. They also have a chance to think about why people use these modes of transport in certain environments.
|Recycled aeroplane PRM 1998.9.7 © Pitt Rivers Museum|
This activity was fun and interactive and families enjoyed being able to design something based on the Museum's collections. The collections include a range of transport models made from metal cans and containers, like this aeroplane.
You can hear more about the aeroplane and how it was made in a refugee camp in Uganda, here:
I am looking forward to our next Pitt Stop on Saturday 6th December running between 1-4pm where we will be making shiny Christmas coins to get into the festive mood. It is called Have yourself a shiny little Christmas and we will be discovering beautiful things made from metal. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Family Education Officer