Outdoor Games. Building Skills Through Play
The "bunnies" sneak up on the "Hungry Fox."
Outside this week, KW has been playing a lot of movement games together. Our current favorite is Mr. Fox (also called Hungry Fox). As we play, we practice our counting, one to one correspondence, boy awareness and listening skills. Here's how we play:
Making New Colors
Cate: "This red is getting a little darker. It's purple."
Tandem painting with our new colors
"You know what this could be? A rainbow catcher!" - Lily
Lily - We should make the rainbow first.
Wilder - These (the gems) would make a good rainbow.
Finlay - (With small colored canisters) I’m making a rainbow catcher.
Lily - Mine is going to go in here, through the gems, and it traps them.
Wilder - (With colored egg halves) It already has two rainbows in here and the mountain catches them. They can’t escape.
Finlay - So you see these ones (tubes) that don’t have holes in them, when they get all filled up, they flip. After you flip them, they’re trapped! There’s no way out!
Lily - Mine gets trapped in here (under egg shapes).
Lily and Wilder use the strategy of matching symmetrical containers to top the rainbow gems.
Frannie - I’m going to put the gems in here. I’m making a little home for the gems.
Wilder - (Stirring a bowl of the gems) I’m trying to make gem juice!
Cape - (Loading up egg shapes with gems) Now they can’t escape.
Frannie - (Building a tall tower with gems inside) Now they’re really trapped.
Cape - (Building with the cage-like pieces). These have to go in the cold area. There’s a top and bottom cold area.
How About We Build a Castle
Today we decided to work on our teamwork and problem solving with some large scale cooperative building. Finlay, Wilder and Lily decided to build a castle. Although our first attempt was unsuccessful, we realized our mistakes when we did not reinforce the taller blocks. With that in mind, we restarted with Capers help and created a new, stronger castle.
They keep falling down! - Finlay
Capers New Strategy
Capers: My strategy is a little different. My strategy is this. (He turns his arms sideways to indicate using long blocks to reinforce the ones that are already up).
Capers shows Jade and Wilder his idea.
Jade: I want to help.
Finlay: Where is the train going?
Lily: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Finlay: The train is going chugga chugga choo choo!
Several friends: It's going to Disney World and Legoland!
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