The Hogwarts Challenge

‘The Hogwarts Challenge’

 

This activity could be done in one session, however you may find that some of the challenges here could take some time and this could be stretched out over a number of days or weeks depending on how you actually do it. As you will see it slots into many and varied parts of the national curriculum. If you have it, use the music from Harry Potter whilst you are sharing the challenges ahead with your learners.

 

Setting the scene

Set the scene but telling the participants that we are going to take a trip to Hogwarts.

‘You may look silly wearing this, but you never know – you you may get your wish!’

Props

  • A glittery hat or cloak (think visual/tactile/noisy/heavy/light)
  • Mirror
  • Camera or iPad

 

Activities

  • Your hat/cloak is now an invisibility cloak/hat!  Each learner takes turns to wear the item and becomes invisible!
  • Use a mirror (hand held/wall mounted) to enable each  learner to see themselves.
  • Take a photo of ‘before’ and ‘after.’
  • ‘Where’s x?’ Ask the others in the group to find/point to whoever is wearing the cloak/hat – can they shout out their name?

 

Extension Activities

  • Use the before and after photographs to make a projector wheel – use this at the beginning of the next activity to ‘set the scene.’
  • Use the photographs to make a story book, which will develop as the scenario goes on.  Try a scrapbook or  Keynote or Pages.

‘Underneath the bubbling Brook, press the yellow switch – it may bring you luck.’

Props

  • Switchable Bubble tube
  • Coloured switches
  • Objects to hide switches in/under ie bag/umbrella/coloured box

 

Acitivities

  • Pupils take turns to find the correct colour switch and press it to activate the bubbles. (Can you make the bubbles the same colour as the switch?)
  • Change the colour of the searched for switch.
  • Does the learner have to search for the switch – could it be partially hidden or in a bag/box/underneath an umbrella?

 

Extension Activities

  • Use coloured torches in various different ways – matchingcolours/’drawing’ in colour on a white umbrella/’who has the red light?”
  • To easily make your coloured torches, secure Quality Street wrappers over a plain white torch (eat the chocolate first!)
  • Use the book ‘My Many Coloured Days’ by Seuss to reinforce the colour theme

 

‘Find out where the soft wind blows – the magic curtain will cure your woes!’

Props

  • Switches
  • Fan
  • Wind Machine
  • Parachute/net/coloured ribbon
  • Scrap paper

 

Activities

  • Attach the switch to a fan or wind machine, learners take turns to hit the switch & create a ‘soft wind’
  • Tie ribbons onto the fan to give a really good visual clue when the learner activates the switch
  • A wind machine will give a more dramatic effect with bigger ribbons secured to the grill.
  • Place a  parachute or net, or even small pieces of paper, in front of the wind machine for a huge visual/auditory/tactile effect when the switch is pressed.

 

Extension Activities.

  • Take a walk outside on a windy day.
  • Tie ribbons to a squash racquet/similar – multi coloured/same colours will give different options.
  • Blow onto a pupil/learners arm in time to the music.

 

‘Try writing with the magic light, draw a bird –  it could take flight!’

Props

  • Shadow board/lumiglow
  • Bright white torch/UV torch
  • Glow in the dark gloves

 

Activities.

  • Learners to draw a bird it doesn’t matter how good or bad it is, so long as you do some wonderful mark making.
  • Use fluorescent paints or pens under UV light to make marks/draw
  • Make hand prints in fluorescent paint

 

Extension Activities.

  • Wear Glow in the Dark Gloves to ‘make’ a handshape bird – can the pupil/learners wear the gloves and make their bird fly?

 

‘Hidden somewhere is a magic fish, squeeze him hard, he may grant a wish!’

Props

  • Collection of different animals – each with a specific sensory element ie furry/crinkly/heavy/glittery etc. (This one is very open ended and you could use almost anything you want. I have a plastic fish, when you squeeze his eyes they pop out and kids love it. )

 

Activities

  • Explore the different sensory qualities of each animal
  • ‘Find the x’ – could a reach/grasp activity, naming activity or hide the animals around classroom/sensory room or in bags/boxes for the learners to find
  • Use photographs/symbols of the animals in a matching activity

‘Guess the colours in the magic stream and see the light as if a dream.’

Props

  • Fibre optics
  • Switches

 

Activities

  • Name the colour of the fibre optics
  • Predict which colour comes next
  • Learners to take turns to switch the fibre optics on

 

Extension Activity

  • Use the book ‘My Many Coloured Days’ by Seuss to reinforce the colour theme
  • Use coloured ribbons to make a ‘ribbon stream’ – which could be attached to a hoop/inside an umbrella/magic wand

‘Make a picture on the wheel, then your artwork will be revealed.’

Props

  • blank wheel for your Optikinetic’s or Mirage projector.
  • Camera/iPad

 

Activities

  • Encourage the learners to make their own wheels for the projector – could be linked to an art activity (perhaps the fluorescent mark making activity) or the photograph activity from the ‘Invsibility Cloak/hat’ scenario
  • Project each learners wheel onto the wall/floor/tent/white umbrella
  • Use back projection to bring the image closer to the learner

 

Extension Activity

‘Where is your voice to be found? Echoes make a chilling sound.’

Props

  • Voice distortion unit
  • ‘echo chamber’ ie large metal mixing bowl/laundry basket/dustbin/plant pot/umbrella
  • microphone
  • Audio recorder oriPad
  • Sound to light bars/coasters

 

Activities

  • Experiment with the different settings on the Voice Distortion Unit – how different can our voices sound?
  • Explore the different sounds the ‘echo chambers’ make
  • Use your voice or a string of beads/balls/hands in the ‘echo chambers’
  • Record/play back different pupils/learners voices/echos.
  • Who can make a loud noise or a soft voice? Use the sound to light coasters/bars to give visual feedback to each learner

 

Extension Activity

  • Record the pupils/learners sounds/echos onto a Big Mack and attach their ‘Invisibility cloak/hat’ photo to the switch.

‘Wave your wand see if you fly, where are the stars in the  sky? Twinkle twinkle little star, wave your wand… ah there you are!’

Props

  • Laser Star projector
  • Mirror ball
  • Sequined/glittery handbag/fabric
  • Torch
  • Fluorescent stars/shapes/pebbles

Activities

  • Get the learners to wave  a home-made wand and then switch on the Laser Star projector/mirror ball to reveal the night sky
  • Highlight the sequinned bag with a torch to achieve a smaller effect
  • In a darkened space, can the learner use the torch to find the stars/shapes/pebbles

 

Extension Activity

  • Make a Space/star themed Umbrella

‘Press all the switches, look and listen. Hear the sounds and watch it glisten. The magic of hogwarts you control, but now it’s time to end your wizard role.’

For many of our learners, a definite end to a story or scenario is a very important.  The statement above really tells us that the magic is finished and everything is going to return back to normal again.

 

The end