Getting to Know Rawls
At snack time, the children interviewed Rawls to learn more about him to help the birthday committee create his gift.
Ford: What’s your favorite color?
Rawls: I like blue and red.
Ford: What’s your favorite toy?
Ford: What’s your favorite dinosaur?
Rawls: A pterodactyl.
Charlton: What’s your favorite sea animal?
Ellie: What’s your favorite food?
Rawls: Catch a fish.
Rawls then shares with his friends about going fishing on a boat and catching a fish to eat.
Karen: And how did you cook that fish Rawls?
Rawls: In the oven.
With the information the children learned about Rawls, the next step was choosing the birthday committee and beginning their gift for him. Emma thought about the children who know Rawls well: Ford, Charlton, and Ava.
The Birthday Committee Decides on a Gift
Emma, Ford, Charlton, and Ava go to the Atelier to begin work on Rawls’s birthday gift.
Emma begins by asking the children: Why do you think you are part of Rawls's birthday committee? What do you and Rawls like?
Charlton responds: Tigers and sharks.
Ford shares: Dinosaurs, sharks and cars.
Ava says: Rawls plays with me.
The birthday committee look for materials for Rawls's birthday gift in the atelier.
Emma then reminds the children of what they learned about Rawls during the interview including his favorite colors of blue and red, and his likes of sharks, dinosaurs, cars and fishing.
Emma asks: What could we make for Rawls’s birthday gift?
The birthday committee look around the atelier for various materials to get inspiration for the gift.
Ford: We could make fish.
Charlton: We could draw a fish and put paint on top of it. Or we could paint him a fishing rod. We could get some paint. Red, blue, yellow and black.
Ford: Let’s mix the colors to make a brown fishing pole.
Emma: These are great ideas! What else might we need to make a fishing pole?
Charlton: A handle.
Ava: We could use rubber bands.
Ford: A stick. We could paint it.
Charlton holds up a sparkly wire thread: We could cut this rope. It could be the thing to catch the fish.
Charlton then holds up a blue wire: And this could be a blue shark.
Ford looks at the wire: We can use these for wrapping it.
Charlton: Maybe we could make a rainbow shark.
The birthday committee decided a fishing rod made from stick, paint, and wire would be a perfect gift for Rawls.
Painting the Fishing Rod
Wrapping the Rod with Wire
After the painted sticks dry, the children choose which stick they think will be best for Rawl’s fishing rod.
Ford picks a stick up: This one. It’s longer.
Charlton agrees: Yes, this one is stronger.
Emma reminds the children of their conversation about what materials they wanted to use to make the fishing rod and shows them a collection of blue and red wire.
Emma also set out different pictures of the different parts of fishing rods, flies, and people fishing in the water. While the children were wrapping the wire around the fishing rod stick she asks them questions about fishing.
Emma: Where do we fish?
Ford: The water
Emma: What do we catch?
Emma pointing to the picture of the fly: What’s this used for?
Ford: To catch fish, it’s pokey.
Ava sees on the spread of materials a small bristle brush normally used for cleaning. She notices that it looks very similar to the fishing flies in the picture. Using wire she attaches it to the end of the fishing rod.
Charlton: I was gonna test it out. We need something to stick the fish.
Ford noticed that Rawls didn’t have a fish to catch with his fishing rod and decided to draw him one.
Ford: That’s the fish and that’s the tank, it's a shark fish. Rawls likes sharks.
On the day of his celebration, Rawls brought in special cookies that were printed with his face and covered in blue and red sprinkles. He was very excited to share them with his Rainey Room friends who were surprised to see his picture on top of a cookie! Rawls’s parents, Britney and Billy then joined us for the second part of the birthday celebration. They read one of Rawls's favorite storybooks: Goodnight, Little Blue Truck. We then lit Rawls’s birthday candle and he walked around the table decorated with his favorite things: cars, dinosaurs, sharks and fish. Rawls blew out his candle and the birthday committee presented their gift to him. Rawls finished his birthday celebration by testing out his new rod and catching the shark-fish that Ford painted for him.
Rawls's birthday gift. A fishing rod made by Ava, Charlton, and Ford out of stick, paint and wire.