Based on observation, Melanie and I realized that the doctor play area was ready for a change. Yesterday Melanie had a fantastic idea for a new provocation: travel play. It connects well to our discussion about Alexandra moving.
With that in mind, new materials were added to the shelf: purses, wallets, money, cell phones, walkie-talkies, cases, bags, baby dolls, chairs and a map. Many children played with the new provocation today and their dramatic play incorporated interesting schema about travel/what you do on trips and maps/navigating.
The first group to play was Wolf M, Olivia, Fletcher and Evelyn.
The second group was Palmer, Oliver and Wolf B. For this group, the walkie-talkies were the catalyst that helped the travel narrative morph into police play. This has been an area of interest on the playground and connects with the ongoing theme of superhero play and the concept of good versus bad.
The third group was comprised of Cannon, Maren and Emilia. Towards the end, Lane joined as well.
As usual, travel play was one of just many things happening in the Rainey Room today. The children also began sewing projects, worked to glaze Kurt's Christmas gifts, painted at the easel, created Christmas messages, read books and much more!
Last but not least..... the children have been working in small groups to create a goodbye gift for Alexandra.
For now... It's top secret! Photos have been censored accordingly and only those with top secret clearance are "in the know." Eight children have participated already... (Maren, Wolf B, Grace, Ellie, Gigi, Cannon, Lane, and Emilia). We can't wait to reveal the finished product next week to our friend Alexandra... then we can share some of the photos from the process of making it.