Building an Inuksuk: Activity Zone - Canada

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Creative Art
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
30minutes

Group Size: 

  • Individual
  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
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Objective: 

Participants to learn about the Inuksuit and their cultural importance and use. Then they will build their own Inuksuk using rocks from outside.

Equipment: 

Participants will collect rocks to use to build their own Inuksuk.
Pictures of Inuksuk to show participants before they build their own.

Set Up: 

Have table space or floor space for participants to build their Inuksuit.

Step by Step: 
Discussion:
  1. Inuksuit (plural of Inuksuk) are stone figures created by the first inhabitants of the Canadian north, the Inuit.
  2. Inuksuit come in many shapes and sizes and have many functions and meanings. Some of them indicate danger zones or good hunting and fishing areas whereas others help point the direction home.
  3. Invite participants to build their own Inuksuk.

Activity:

  1. Go outside and collect rocks in a pail.
  2. Afterwards, ask each participant to choose five rocks and to assemble them in the shape of an Inuksuk.
  3. Have the participants write their name on a piece of paper next to their Inuksuk.
  4. Glue the rocks together with Crazy Glue after the participants have gone home.
  5. Allow the rock formations to dry and hand them out the following day.
  6. Participants may use their Inuksuit as decorations, paperweights, or gifts.
Safety Considerations: 

When collecting rocks outside with participants, be sure they are always supervised. 
Make sure the rocks are only being used to build Inuksuk's and are not being thrown. 

Variations: 

Leader could collect the rocks before the activity for the participants. 
Have the participants glue their own Inuksuk's.

Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Have other participants partner with those who are blind or visually impaired.

Adaptations (Mobility Impairment): 
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The rules can be changed so that the rocks are already collected and placed on the table/floor and ready for the children to start building in case a child cannot walk or collect the rocks on their own/with ease.

Source: 

Passport to Games Resource Guide