“Is that a stick? You know the rules about playing with sticks.” Have you ever said that to a child in your care? I’m sure I have. My intentions were good – Keep kids safe and steer them towards more “appropriate” learning materials and activities. Hope you will watch this brief video to see how the statement above inspired one engineer to design a program where children are allowed the TIME and FREEDOM to follow their ideas – building and solving problems using real and everyday materials like sticks and plastic grocery bags. Love the roller coaster 7-year-olds created!
So much critical learning happening! How do you allow children the opportunity to create and develop their own ideas and pathways while in your care? We hope to hear from you at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/tinkering/