LEGO Simple and Powered Machines is a great kit to use, but when the pieces are misplaced, the kit is vulnerable since there are many elements unique to this kit.
Skipping the inventory for a kit is like opening a used jigsaw puzzle box. You don't know if you have all of the pieces. The result is long search times looking through the kit, interruptions from your students who need you to find missing elements so they can continue their build. Another consequence is that the pieces might be in the kit, but not in the right section. Instead of looking through the kit, you'll face continued interruptions while you look for elements that might already be elsewhere in the kit.
Kit inventory is an important skill for students to acquire. It develops accountability and helps kids get familiar with the elements. Completing the inventory will keep the kit organized, minimize interruptions, and make building projects go faster and be more fun.
Print out the inventory sheets, and follow the step by step guidelines for keeping students accountable for their kits.
As students are required to complete inventory sheets, you might notice that the elements are not missing from the kits quite as often.
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