A Little Bit About Rats
"We're making another rat hole for the rats.
"I'm thinking that they (rat houses) look like the inside of your ear
It remains difficult to pinpoint when or why rats became the talk of Tucker Room. It seems as if it began with an awareness of holes or "rat holes" in the outdoor classroom. By January, the topic of rats had developed into a popular, even influential topic of our daily conversations. Little by little, the outdoor classroom (as is often the case with natural spaces) became an environment invigorating and fueling the imagination.
Eventually, the imagined rats were alive and well in the minds of the children. The boundaries of the imagined rats had increased and what was imagined outside was influencing the play inside. So, if you can't beat 'em join 'em is what we said.
As the play rats were getting more pretend play attention we activated clay as a language to explore the technique of scoring and slipping by means of sculpting clay rats. While we knew some children would express interest in this we did not fully anticipate that the majority of the children would want to make a clay rat.
As influenced by the book The Pesky Rat, found in our library, by Ines, we collectively creatively drew and collaged our own rats. More to come with the rats! Consider this a teaser/trailer - we don't want to reveal the whole story!
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