Take a look at some of our works-in-progress... We have plans to continue collaging and drawing our plans tomorrow.
Grace made a "gummies machine" by combining drawing with 3D collage materials. Gummies are cooked inside using three ingredients which we found online: Water, gelatin, and flavoring. The ingredients are mixed in a pot and cooked in an oven before popping out. She chose a wooden bead and said, "This will be the pot, that goes over there."
A large part of backwards day was spent using the playground as the setting for dramatic play. Six children played together and the theme of the play was pets. Lane was the owner, Gigi was a puppy, Maren was a cat, Cannon was an anteater, Dakota was a giraffe and Palmer was a monkey.
Lane took good care of her pets, even when they were being cheeky. She sang them lullabies before putting them to sleep. When they woke up she noted, “They have a lot of energy in the morning.”
At that point, Gigi suggested that they (the pets) might need exercise - that was how they ended up heading to the lake for a swim.
Lane took them to swim in the lake (the sandbox) and later made and fed them their favorite treats. Lane told the pets, “I’m gonna make your favorite treats, everyone can help!” The children used the climbing structure for their home but the play extended to many parts of the playground.
It was wonderful to see the children play together around a common theme. For example, Dakota joined after the play had already started. Dakota asked, “Can I play?” Lane welcomed Dakota by explaining, “We’re playing pets. Do you want to be a pet or a owner?” When Dakota responded, “pet,” Lane asked, “What kind of pet?” Rather than assigning her friend a role, she took Dakota's plan into account.
All the children were collaborators in making contributions to the narrative.