Our Journey to "Scoopy Doop" began as a simple idea I found on Pinterest: Frozen Vinegar.
A perfect activity to give the children in my program an opportunity for delayed gratification. In our instant satisfaction world (DVR's, cellphones, microwaves, internet, etc.) we need to make sure young children are given opportunities to wait, anticipate and predict. We need to help them appreciate the rewards of waiting and the skill of patience.
|The beginning of our journey: frozen, colored vinegar. Colored with Liquid Watercolor from Discount School Supply.|
By the next day, the frozen vinegar was long forgotten about, but all it took was a simple question to bring their curiosity running. "Boys and girls...I wonder what happened to the vinegar we put in the freezer yesterday?"
Once I had their naturally curious mind's attention, I posed another question: "What should we do with our frozen vinegar?"
After some discussion and various ideas, it was decided to put it in the white stuff we always use with vinegar. The "fun white stuff that makes it fizz" :)
And so, I obliged. Out came the baking soda (aka: the fun stuff that makes it fizz), and we placed three cubes of frozen vinegar on top. Let the waiting begin.
|After placing the frozen vinegar on the pile of baking soda, the waiting began. We waited. And we waited. Absolutely NOTHING happened.|
It is very empowering for a child to suggest an idea, to try the idea, and then to see the idea succeed!
|Instead of the success being the end of this journey, it was just the beginning. The next clever idea we tried was:|
"Lets put ALL the frozen vinegar on there and then bury it with more white stuff...THEN squirt it with warm water!!"
|As more and more water was added, and vinegar poured in, the urge to dig in grew! Soon, shovels were requested.|
|Once the mixture became VERY soupy (thanks to the requested addition to pour vinegar on it (ooooh!!), I had my own idea. "What would happen if I added some cornstarch to try to thicken things up?"|
Time to cure another curiosity. This one was my own curiosity. What would happen if we added some flour? After the flour was added, a request to make it blue was honored. Immediately the storyline turned to a recent real-life experience. The mixture now looked like "the frosting from my dad's Birthday cake". So the scenario now turned to birthdays and birthday parties.
|The next addition of flour made the mixture even more strenuous to maneuver. These were highly motivated children, and a little challenge was not going to stop them from continuing their play.|
|This is the Scoopy Doop after sitting overnight with a plastic cover. It was more playdough-like yet had the "melting" properties of goop (aka: ooblik).|
|On the second day, the Scoopy Doop was stampable, moldable, oozeable and all sorts of other "ables" that aren't even in the dictionary!|
1) Feeding curiosity is empowering.
2) Feeding curiosity means leaving our adult plans behind in order to follow the whimsical curiosities of a child (which will, more then likely, pull out our own curiosities as well)
3) What you might invent is unknown...but what the children in your program will learn along the way is priceless and valuable.
Now shoo. Go make your own "Scoopy Doop"!
I'd LOVE to hear of your "Scoopy Doop" journeys...please share in the comments below!