Category Archives: Fun Friday

The Orangutan and the Hound

Since this is my Fun Friday post for the week, I will not go into all of the ways you could connect this to classroom learning.  Just watch, and enjoy!

The Art of Kyle Bean

"What Came First?" by Kyle Bean
“What Came First?” by Kyle Bean

Joe Hanson featured Kyle Bean’s “Brains” on It’s Okay to Be Smart – not his actual brains, of course – and I knew it would make a great Fun Friday post.  When I visited Bean’s website, however, I found so many other works of art that I could tie into my curriculum, I had to take notes.  Here are some of the links and my ideas…

Brains – what other objects could you use? (that’s toothpaste in the first one!!!)

Stick Insects – make matchstick art of their own

Mobile Evolution (this is a fabulous graphic representation of Kaplan’s “Change over Time”!)

Interconnected Senses – what other systems could be represented this way?

The Sea of Time – assign students to represent an idiom with 3d objects

The Future of Books – have students design other futuristic hybrids

Paper Plane – they will just think this is cool!

The Science of Play I think this is cool!

10 Ideas – great graphic to show when you want students to make a “Top 10” list – like “Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists” 😉

Pencil Shaving Portraits – make your own (maybe a Mother’s Day gift?)

What Came First – what else can we sculpture with eggshells (thoroughly sanitized, of course)?


Why It’s Awesome to Be a Nerd

I love it when a Fun Friday post just falls into my lap as it did this week.  I found this video on It’s Okay to Be Smart.  I am definitely going to be adding this to my Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos for Students.  It is a film of Wil Wheaton (you know – of Star Trek, Stand By Me, and Big Bang Theory fame) giving advice to a mother’s newborn daughter about why it’s awesome to be a nerd.  He might have just become my favorite nerd of all time…

If you like this message, you might also want to check out my post, “It’s a Nerd’s World“, featuring a great article on this topic.

How to Trap a Monster in, Well, A Lot of Steps

The scary monster Audri plans to trap
The scary monster Audri plans to trap

I have a Fun Friday video for you of a young man named Audri and his very complex Rube Goldberg contraption.  Audri was 7 when he made this video, and aspires to one day study robotics at MIT.  I have no doubt that he will achieve all of his dreams!  If you feel like playing a virtual Rube Goldberg game, you can head on over to Goldburger to Go at PBS Kids.


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Morfo is an app that was probably designed purely for entertainment, but some creative teachers have found a way to make it educational.  Because it can be both, I decided to use it for this week’s Fun Friday post.

Morfo is a free app on iTunes that allows you to basically animate a still picture of a face.  After you give the app some direction, the eyes on the face will move around, and you can add a recording that will play as the mouth moves.  You can even change facial expressions.

I was trying to make an example for you, but gave up after I goofed up five recordings.  Fortunately for me, the internet was right at my fingertips.  I found this delightful video that not only explains how to use the Morfo app but, by applying it to a picture of Henry the VIII, gives it the educational tweak that I was trying to achieve.  In addition, the narrator has a lovely accent that sounds much better than any recording I could ever make! Here is the link in case the video does not play:

Build-On Lego Brick Mug

Yes, I know the Build-On Lego Brick Mug is a bit of a departure from my usual posts, but it is Fun Friday, and you must admit that this is a great idea! A good portion of my gifted students love building with Legos, including Lego robots, and I am pretty sure that they would be thrilled to receive one of these as a gift! Although this might make it even more difficult to convince your child to “stop playing at the table”, you know you kind of wish you had one, too!

For more recommended games and toys for gifted kids, you might want to visit my Pinterest board.