Yesterday, we offered a construction provocation involving light and color. Louise created a blue ocean, and others added to her beach scene, making elaborate structures and combining the materials in novel ways.
Today, we were without internet service, so we continued the provocation with an overhead projector instead of the video of alternating colors that was looping in the background yesterday. After some initial interest, the construction area went largely unused until one of the teachers placed a plastic bug on the projector bed and one of the children added more bugs.
A few children noticed the giant bug projections and were thrilled by them.
Eventually, this turned into a game in which one child manipulated the shadow bug while the others chased it. The first person to touch the bug got to manipulate the projector. This game picked up momentum (and players) until the end of class. It was fascinating to see the children see the children respond to these provocations and take the action in different, equally creative directions. It conveyed a lot about their interests and about different group dynamics. It also reminded us that the absence of technology often creates opportunities for creativity and imagination.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.