Stamp Safari Activity: Skyburb Stamp City

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Max Booth Future Sleuth Stamp Safari presents endless possibilities in terms of teaching and learning potential. A couple of themes author Cameron Macintosh has focused on include history, changes in technology and environmental awareness. These are the themes we will focus on in this activity today, plus it will be super cute and fun to do!

Objectives:

Research and discuss the history of the postage stamp and how advancements over time have affected / will affect the way we use them.

Thinking about technology, its uses and changes from the past, present and future.

Utilise engineering and fine motor skills to cut, arrange and stick pieces of small paper together to form a structure.

Use language and imagination to create a world set both in the past and in the future.

Ages: 6 – 12 years

Discussion:

What do you know about the first ever stamp used? Where was its origin?

What is the purpose of the postage stamp?

Why does a stamp have perforated edges? How have stamps changed over time?

Do you think we will always need stamps? Why or why not?

Have a look at letters and parcels you receive at home. What sort of stamp or label does it have? Have you or someone you know collected any vintage stamps?

Read more about the history of stamps in Stamp Safari pgs.128 – 129.

Why do you think Max, Jessie and Oscar were so interested in finding out the history of the stamp they found? How is technology different for them in Cameron Macintosh’s imagined world in the year 2424? How might we send letters and parcels in 400 years?

Materials:

5x small stamps and 2x larger stamps (helping the environment by repurposing used stamps!)

Sticky tape

 

Directions:

1. Arrange your small stamps face down as shown in the picture. Carefully stick them like this together.

2. Start lifting the sides and place a piece of sticky tape across the edge to hold the ‘walls’ together. Continue going around until you have a cube (with no top).

3. Arrange your two larger stamps side by side, and stick them together.

4. Hold your ‘roof’ in the position you want, making sure there is a small overhang on each side of the walls. Once positioned, stick the roof and the wall together from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

5. Your little stamp house is ready!

6. Optional: roll up another stamp or bit of paper to make a chimney.

7. Now, make some more and create a little Skyburb Stamp City to get lost in!

 

Idea adapted from Heather Donohue Crafts.

Other ways you can re-cycle used stamps are unlimited – including decorating cards, tins, boxes, creating framed art, and this magnetic stamp bookmark we made earlier.

         

For more fun and educational activities please visit the Max Booth Stamp Safari Pinterest Board, or head to the comprehensive teaching notes at Big Sky Publishing.


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