Thursday, May 10, 2012

Colanders, Pipe Cleaners and Freedom to Create

Another one of those things I come across that suddenly seems like a good idea... The children were a little rambunctious and it was a rainy day. I was busy with the babies and trying to get them to sleep, so needing the bigger ones to settle down. 

Out of my bag of tricks, I silently pulled the pipe cleaners from the crafts closet and the various colanders from the kitchen. I took a pipe cleaner, poked into a hole and walked away. 

It got very quiet.

In my mind, I envisioned them doing just this...


But then, I get a visit from someone wanting to show me their spider web...
 And another...
That's NOT where I thought they might go with it. 

And then, to my amazement, I hear them working together to JOIN their colanders together with the pipe cleaners. Unfortunately, I couldn't see it and I didn't get a picture, because I was feeding a baby at the time, but their quiet negotiations floored me. I can't wait to see what they do the next time.

If I would have said, "This is what we are going to do today. Now poke the pipe cleaners into the top of the colander, like this, and make a spiny creature," then I would have SO limited their play. Sometimes as teachers and parents we just need to give them stuff and let them go. Their creativity is very often much greater than mine.

SKILLS
Fine Motor
Social: team work, asking for different colored pipe cleaners to be passed
Math: logic, reasoning
Art: creative expression
Tags: childcare, daycare, preschool, pre-k, prek, pipecleaners, colander, art, craft, fine motor 

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