|Looking at a backhoe and describing the parts a digger should have|
I ask children to follow three steps:
Think of an idea
Make a plan
Then gather materials
|Research- choosing the kind of train to make|
Even if the mental image has to be revised A LOT, having one will make the experience much easier.
Also, planning helps children choose materials very deliberately. We all should have grown up with a sense of stewardship for the Earth, but it seems especially important for children nowadays.
As for messing about, it still happens. A lot of the time the serious messing about with materials happens within the classrooms, so that by the time a child comes to the studio, they already have a purpose. Maybe they want to make a train or a fox costume, or maybe they want to figure out, once and for all, how the buckets on a backhoe operate. Follow my three simple steps, and those hydraulics will be working in NO TIME!
|The plan and the train|
|"My street, Playground, McDonalds, Sabot, Gas Station, Costco"|
|"My family- we like to go to Cookout, so I put it on my map"|
|"The Chicken Coop is on my map. That's the egg box."|
|"Me and my Daddy with (Minecraft axes)"|
|working on maps in the studio|
|"We have chickens, too"|
|"My bed is downstairs, Caleb's bed is upstairs."|