As you will remember, our Brown Room Birthday Gifts were collages. Towards the end of the year, the children began participating in preparing the materials - cutting the paper, finding the tools, and setting up the materials for the committee to use the next day. When we began to think about a birthday gift for our Rainey Room year, we reflected on the children's interest and skills with choosing and preparing materials. Our reflection and brainstorming led us to the idea of a kit.
Our goal was to create opportunities for the children to brainstorm (about the birthday child; known languages/approaches/techniques/materials), collect and prepare materials, and think creatively and openly about the use of materials (languages). We also anticipate that it will provide opportunities for introducing new languages/materials.
Rainey Room Birthday Gifts - Kits!
We encourage you to take a few minutes at drop-off to read through some of the children's ideas about kits. This has been a great opportunity for divergent thinking, problem solving, mathematical concepts, creative expression, community building, getting to know each other, etc. It is a challenging concept, and the children are certainly rising to the occasion -- as we knew they would.
"This is hard. It's a lot of thinking." - Henri, 4.1 years
Exploring Materials and Possibilities
Pierce's Wire Kit and Celebration
“I think Pierce would like a wire kit. What colors does he like?” - Gracie, 3.11 years
What goes in a wire kit? - Elyse
“We can put wire and fabric.” - Gracie
“We can put rubber bands.” - Will, 3.11 years
“We can put tissue paper.” - Caroline, 3.4 years
“We can put some examples [of wire and fabric together].” - Caroline
“It [the instructions] would be about what you can make with wire. ” - Will
What do you think he will make with his wire kit? - Elyse
“Something he likes. Maybe a truck.” - Will
Collecting and Preparing Materials