Today's Topic: PLAY!
all of the supplies from the last two weeks
Blocks / Dickson, Irene
*note: this book, on first glance, is a lovely book about play and sharing (which is fine on its own) but the brilliance of the illustrations really becomes apparent when you pay attention to the gutter (or the crease where the right page and left page meet as you're reading through the book) and how the illustrator has chosen to lay out the illustrations across the gutter. Also, the endpapers are perfect. And the characters are diverse. Love this book for so many reasons!
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"): Week three of my experiment with repeat exposure to play materials. Will they feel overwhelmed by the abundance of options now? Will they lean towards the familiar or the novel?
What the kids actually did: water play was still popular (no surprise there!). This child rigged up a funnel and tube and asked mom to help pour the water.
"Wait a minute," you say, "I thought this week was about block play? Where are the blocks?"
Well, there was a large city that was contstructed:
Here is our young symmetry-loving engineer's structure:
One homeschooling family attends and brings the older siblings along and they like to push the boundaries. This week, they built the biggest "water wall" like tunnel that they could. I'll let the photos speak for themselves:
I had to bite my own tongue when the kids moved on to dunking the blocks in water (they are borrowed blocks from One City Early Learning Center and I was a bit concerned that wet blocks might get damage in some way, but then I realized that they probably don't stay dry at One City, so I relaxed.)
Would you like a ice cream cone?
Even the ones that aren't labeled had very specific descriptions. The kids are always SO excited to talk to me about their Play Stories and tell me all about them! I'm sorry to say that I didn't write the descriptions down right away and now that I'm blogging this a week later, I can't remember exactly what each of the pictures represents, so I'll just let them speak for themselves.
Adult Challenge of the week: This week, I issued the toughest challenge of all-- the 5-point AnjiPlay challenge.
1. Eyes open
2. Ears open
3. Heart open
4. Hands down
5. Mouth shut
Everyone acknowledged that it was difficult, but I was impressed by how well everyone did with this challenge this week!