This week in Quartz Room we have moved from provocations to exploring our big idea of constructing, more specifically, we are exploring the question “What materials do we use to construct?” After discussing the results of all our provocations and how all the children responded to the experiences, we decided it was best to start out simple by breaking down the experiences and looking at what materials can be used. This gives us much room to grow with the idea and to eventually expand it into questions like “what tools and equipment can we use?” & “what can we build?”. So far we have used screwdrivers, hammers and rubber mallets. We placed screws and nails in some wooden blocks and encouraged the children to use the tools, Oh! But first we needed to put on our safety hard hats! The children got so excited, they all took turns sharing the tools and when one child shared their hammer or screwdriver, they made sure that their friend had their safety hat on before they started. It was a great experience to watch, we were so proud at how well and safely the children used the tools. We have many new exciting ideas to try and can’t wait to share them with the children and you. “There are both short and long term positive effects of playing with construction. For instance, kids can learn basic colors and shapes which are rote and immediate, while also learning visual-spatial awareness which will help develop future reading and writing skills. Kids will also learn to cooperate with others as well as problem solve. Both skills are needed in childhood and as an adult.” (http://mommyuniversitynj.com/2014/07/16/build-create-play-the-benefits-of-playing-with-building-toys/)
Have a great weekend.
Kaitlin, Kerry & Carlei