The children have really embraced the ramps and balls construction. They've learned, through trial and error, to build a stable foundation to support the ramps. I wanted to jump in and offer solutions to their construction challenges, but this is their work, and my responsibility is to provide resources and encouragement as they grapple with their designs. A few enterprising students used a stack of chairs, our wooden drums, a basket, some bean bags and blocks to support a ramp path. They tested and refined their design until they were satisfied with their construction.
Pipe Cleaners and Beads
I offered foam bases and a box of pipe cleaners and bowls of beads for some fine motor construction. We've strung beads on pipe cleaners before, but adding the foam bases changed the perspective of this activity and engaged the students far longer than before.
Take two parts glue, one part liquid starch and many enthusiastic hands and you get stretchy, bouncy, sticky sensory play.
Pictures from the great outdoors (also known as the Courtyard)
Mrs. Ronda chose our favorite courtyard activities last week. We love train construction, bike riding and golf tee hammering. The children were happily engaged in important work...PLAY!