It’s been a while since my last post, so let me start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! This first post for 2013 is inspired by the children’s block play. I noticed they weren’t playing with the blocks as much as they had been, so we decided it was time to add a few things. First off, we added cardboard tubes, cones, string, and cardboard packing material. This engaged the children and got them thinking about different ways to make a structure. I had been wondering if they would become more engaged in the block play if they themselves were part of the materials. I had seen this idea a few places and before the holidays, I took a picture of each of the children. This week, I taped their image to a wooden block and introduced them to the children the other day. Everyone became very excited and they all wanted to find themselves. Their reactions were priceless:
“You made us into toys!”
“We’re a toy! We’re just a toy!”
“I can’t move my arms.”
I couldn’t get “you made us into toys” out of my head…a new project perhaps? A few of the children have also been interested in using the peg puzzle pieces as spinners so we talked about what they could use to make their own. I think a toy project may be on the horizon.