After school holidays and last week away Keynote speaking at a series of Early Years Conferences in Australia I was super excited to be back in the Makerspace. Today was a 'sensory' experience for our new entrants (5 year olds). I used the book 'Hare' by Deborah Hinde as the igniter....it's a delightful story with gorgeous illustrations and is about ideas and how know one else can find your ideas for you. Our learners loved it and were very eager to share their own ideas about the days challenge stations. I did something different today and due to the water and sensory delights eg dirt, sand foam, oobleck etc and the size limitations of our temporary space opted for no iPads. I did take photos and video throughout though so that students would have a photographic reference to use to support their writing back in class tomorrow. We had a 'build a marble run' with tubes and tape, which ended up threading its way all over the side of the building, such great problem solving! The farm animal dirt boxes and wash stations were super popular. I'd have to say though the 'eggs-cavation' station was by far the biggest hit. I had placed a small creature inside a balloon then added water until it was the size of a large fist size egg then froze overnight. I handed learners the balloon asking them to come up with ideas of what might be inside the balloon. I cut the knot from the top then handed them over.......they had to get the treasure inside without smashing or using anything other than a squeezy 'sauce bottle' of water. We discussed freezing and melting and formed endless ideas of what might happen. Lots of 'feels like' discussions. I'll be busy freezing more tonight as word has spread and tomorrow's teachers want a repeat of the session! Did I mention I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.