Considering that Dr Who is a long running, much loved tv show with a mass of fans, you would think it would be easier to find Dr Who related activities for children. Yet my Whovian friends tell me that finding such activities online is as difficult as ever. So I searched the net and collaborated with my better half and, while it took some time, I think we’ve found some activities that the littlest time lords would love.
Last year my children really enjoyed playing with this TARDIS sensory bin, which is primarily blue water beads, white foam rectangles, and a couple simple wooden peg dolls that I painted myself.
Earlier today I presented SunnyGirl with a simple invitation to play: pipe cleaners, a TARDIS outline on a piece of paper, and some paper letter Ds.
There was some tracing of the TARDIS with the pipe cleaner.
Some phonics “D – duh duh.”
Some lacing the pipe cleaners through the Ds.
Most any classic children’s learning activities can be given a Dr Who twist.
For pre-K, you could make lacing cards in the shape of a TARDIS or Dalek.
For elementary school children, you could make Dr Who copy work simply by typing quotes from the show into a free copywork generator and printing them out.
Older children might enjoy writing a paper on where they would travel and what they would do if they had the power of a time lord.
Lacing cards, copy work, writing papers- all typical, normal things that children do in school. Giving them a Dr Who twist really doesn’t take much beyond a moment of creativity. Give it a shot, I bet you can come up with all sorts of ways to incorporate the Dr into your homeschool classroom!
Certain activities could be enjoyed by children of any age, just varied in the complexity of how they enjoy it.
For example, making Venn Diagrams or simple charts to compare the various versions of the Dr. Another example, watching historically based episodes and then learning about what really happened via documentaries and library books.
If you’re looking for something that is print-and-go then there are several free options available online from a Dr Who coloring and activity book (crossword puzzle and word search included) to printable 3D models that your child can cut out, fold, and paste together. DeviantArt user gfoyle has free printable TARDIS and Dalek models, for starters.
Instructables has no sortage of Dr Who tutorials ranging from costumes, sonic screwdrivers, Daleks, etc.. Many of these tutorials could be used to teach art, math, and/or science depending on techniques applied and materials used.
If you doubt how making Dr Who inspired props could be a learning experience, I refer you to this post on Steam Powered Classroom (click here) about the mathematics and early engineering skills practiced in the making of one awesome TARDIS.
And thanks to a recent question asked on Hip Homeschooling Moms‘ Facebook page, I’ve been made aware of a couple books that look like they’d be perfect for the tweens and teens: Dr Who and Philosophy and The Science of Dr Who.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.
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