they weren’t so much the box car children, but children making box cars and box trucks and box trains, etc.
with old snack boxes, stickers, tape, tickets, crayons, scissors (though tearing works as well sometimes), paper fasteners pencils and glue, they made more transportation!
some knew they wanted “smoke stuff” to come out of that “pipe thing that is at the back.”
some even had built in windows. : )
in our conversations about travel and transportation, we discussed airplanes. figured out was that they can go over water, but they can also go over land. they can go from country to country, but also city to city. one answer i didn’t have was what is the SHORTEST distance an airplane can take us. how many blocks would a plane need to take off and then land? good question! anyone know?
we used snack boxes, packing boxes, and LOTS of masking tape to build airplanes. they only guidelines were at least one long piece for the body and two wings. it was a busy time building, trying it out, adjusting, trying it out again, etc.
great variety was made!
and why in the world did i not think of inviting kids to the lace and ribbon bucket? silly me.
here is one class…standing in the “runway”…looking not quite ready for the picture?
we put raffi’s song “riding in an airplane” on repeat for the day. : )
oh, how i wish model magic was more affordable! since it isn’t, our friday class was the group to sculpt transportation.
we named the colors, counted together as i cut them apart (since that couldn’t be done ahead of time in fear of it hardening), then gave each child a plate of pieces. there were toothpicks and googly eyes (so our transportation vehicles might look like the ones in richard scarry books!)
i didn’t sense frustration as i watched them sculpt, mimic each other, or go new directions.
introducing transportation by the friday class:
i wish i had recorded the names of their transportation vehicles. i know there were ships, boats, cars, trucks, vans, airplanes, rockets, trains…and some creatively named vehicles!
friday morning jam session using real instruments: ukulele, accordian and hands
good old spin art made an appearance again.