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  • Ghost Town This year our theme is Wild West Ghost Town.  We've been making ghost cows and cowboys and cowgirls, as well as some enormous spiders.
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 6:45 AM by Carol Grams
  • The House on Chicken Legs Baba Yaga is a witch from Russian folk lore, sometimes called Bony Legs.  To create her haunted forest, we made many houses on chicken legs.
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 11:04 AM by Carol Grams
  • The Emerald City I found some old photos of past tunnels.  One of my favorites was the Wizard of Oz.  So many beautiful greens!
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 10:54 AM by Carol Grams
  • Ancient Egypt Lives Again! Every year the Tunnel has a different theme, and this year we have landed on ancient Egypt.  The Science Museum of Minnesota has a wonderful exhibit on "Lost Egypt" now ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2012, 6:03 PM by Carol Grams
  • Construction Zone After discussing the matter in all four second grade classrooms, and applying a good amount of compromise and combination-thinking, it has been decided that the theme for this year ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2011, 1:28 PM by Carol Grams
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Ghost Town

posted Oct 17, 2016, 10:52 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 6:45 AM ]

This year our theme is Wild West Ghost Town.  We've been making ghost cows and cowboys and cowgirls, as well as some enormous spiders.


The House on Chicken Legs

posted Oct 14, 2016, 11:04 AM by Carol Grams

Baba Yaga is a witch from Russian folk lore, sometimes called Bony Legs.  To create her haunted forest, we made many houses on chicken legs.

The Emerald City

posted Oct 14, 2016, 10:51 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 10:54 AM ]

I found some old photos of past tunnels.  One of my favorites was the Wizard of Oz.  So many beautiful greens!


Ancient Egypt Lives Again!

posted Oct 25, 2012, 2:36 PM by Carol Grams   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 6:03 PM ]

Every year the Tunnel has a different theme, and this year we have landed on ancient Egypt.  The Science Museum of Minnesota has a wonderful exhibit on "Lost Egypt" now through January 1, and would be a great family expedition.  This is an intriguing culture for many children (and adults!), and there are many Halloween connections- secret passages, spiders and mummies- all of which are very much part of the Tunnel of Fun.

The Tunnel is kid-centric Installation Art, where the children are called on to exercise all their creativity and problem-solving ability to collaborate to make a large environment that is really a multi-faceted sculpture project.

















We start on a small scale, with each first or second grader making his or her own pyramid with a cardboard box or tagboard.

When we put it all together, it adds up to the Tunnel of Fun. 

Construction Zone

posted Oct 14, 2011, 1:28 PM by Carol Grams


After discussing the matter in all four second grade classrooms, and applying a good amount of compromise and combination-thinking, it has been decided that the theme for this year’s Tunnel of Fun will be “Baba Yaga and the Haunted Zoo.”  Baba Yaga is a character from a series of Russian folk tales.  “Bony Legs” is a modern version of this legend, and I’ve been having a lot of fun reading it in Artville with the first and second graders.  A key feature of the story is that she lives in a house on chicken legs. 

The first phase of Tunnel construction involves second graders building contraptions and devices out of cardboard boxes, more or less revolving around the theme. 

They are mildly surprised to learn that adults do something similar to what they are doing, and call it “Installation Art.” 

 

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