The other day, as a way to make a station last one more day, I removed ONE component, and replaced it with another.
The original station: colored toothpicks and plastic salt shakers.
The exchange: sliced pool noodles (yep...the simple, pool noodles available for $1 at the Dollar Tree, cut into slices like you would slice a baguette) in place of the plastic salt shakers
The results: FABULOUS!!!
|The initial play resulted in a LOT of Birthday cakes!|
|See the learning? Jack is counting how many "candles" are on his birthday cake! Did I ask him to do this? Nope...the |
conversation amongst the children led to them counting the candles on his cake....ALL LED BY CHILDREN!
|Finally, it happened....someone built UP. Buh bye simple birthday cakes!|
|Through trial and error, Gavin learned that his stairs (on the left) needed a support (on the right).|
|Opportunities that have no right or wrong, no rules, just freedom help build confident and creative children! Creative children can solve problems, manipulate materials and invent new stuff!|
|A tongue out is a huge compliment to the absorbancy of the activity! Ethan is clearly 100% absorbed in what he is doing!|
|Side note: This piece of "FABULOUS" was created at a "Let Them Play" training event presented by my co-author, Jeff Johnson and myself. Notice the addition of smaller pool noodle pieces. Simply cut the sliced pool noodle into pieces (like a pizza)|
Give children simple materials, time and freedom so they can turn SIMPLE into something FABULOUS!