Friday, February 27, 2015

Can you speak Bilibo?

Bilibo is a new kind of toy -the elementary shells leave room for the child’s imagination.  Instead of imposing a specific play pattern, Bilibo is open to a wide range of interpretations and encourages the children to invent their own games, to play and have fun in an active and creative way, indoors and outdoors, in the sand pit in the water or even in the snow.  Bilibo is full of surprises…(From Bilibo.com) 




My students loved using the Bilibo shells in the Courtyard.  They sat, rocked, balanced, carried, stacked and wore these wonderful toys last week.  There were gales of laughter and much social dialog used during this experience. 

Matching and Orientation
This Bug Puzzle is super cool and challenging.  The children  worked diligently to orient the pieces correctly.  When no 'correct' solution was apparent, a few students decided to invent new names for the bugs...spider lady bug and dragon fly bee were a few proposed names. 

Water Color Mixing with Pipettes 



My initial goal for this activity was to encourage the children to observe what happens when primary colors 'bleed' together and form new colors. Alas, we ran out of water color paper for this activity, so I substituted smooth surfaced paper.  Instead of the 'bleeding' effect, the water colors pooled on the paper.  We had some pretty dramatic puddles.  One enterprising student lifted their paper to observe their puddles leaving colorful trails on their paper (and the table and floor) and soon everyone followed suit.   

Obstacle Course




The children used our tree stumps and balance beam in creative ways. There were many ideas proposed about how to configure the course.  They tested their design, tweaked it for success and helped each other navigate it from beginning to end.  Hooray for team work!    

Budding Caregivers
The children took exceptional care of our babies.  They fed, clothed and bathed them.  

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