Sep 28, 2017

Wild Rumpus, in the Wild (one-off outreach events)

We did two Saturday neighborhood festivals this year.  The first was at West Fest and my two favorite happenings from the day involve a series of short videos of some siblings playing with the innertubes:


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So much joy!!

The second favorite happening was observing this young building making a bridge.


Wild Rumpus West Fest 2017


I love his "I did it!" at the end of the first movie and I just want to point out that if I had given in to the temptation to "help" him make a stronger bridge, two things would have been different -- #1, the end result bridge wouldn't have looked like this and #2, I don't believe he would have had that amazing gleam of pride when he finished.  In fact, I'm guessing that he might have followed my suggestion, found that it worked, then shrugged his shoulders and walked away because he would have assumed that my solution was the only "right" one.  What a tragic loss that would have been!  Instead, after he completed his first bridge, he continued working on that same structure for quite awhile, coming up with more ideas of ways to improve it.

May you all find an opportunity to observe play quietly in order to be amazed by what kids can do.

Sep 26, 2017

Wild Rumpus: Week 9, wrapping up the summer!

Our final Rumpus of the summer was.... wet.  Because.... of course.

Rather than showing you all of the different activities that happened today, let's focus on just one. 

Chalk + Water:

Rainwater dripped from the roof and was fun to collect in various containers--


There were several different techniques going on at once.  One technique involved smashing the chalk in a bucket of water:

 Wild Rumpus Week 9: Water + Chalk
The second technique involved rubbing the chalk on the ground until a pile of the wet chalk dust built up, then wiping a hand across to pick up the chalk and swirl it into the water.




Wild Rumpus Week 9: Water + Chalk
 The third technique (which was less about making colored water like the first two and more about making bright chalk drawings) involved dipping the chalk into water before drawing with it.

The last Rumpus of the summer wrapped up with some excellent puddle jumping.  See you all next summer!  (Don't forget to try out AnjiPlayDate, Wednesday mornings at the Lussier Community Education Center this fall through Nov. 13! 10:30 am -12:30 pm)



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