Monday, February 7, 2011

Just Add Index Cards

This year my class loves to play with blocks. In fact, once or twice we didn't have the blocks out...and some of the kids seemed a little confused about what to do in the room. 

Many times we just have blocks—and the kids are happy with that. But I try to find simple ways to enhance building opportunities. This week we had some animals and a few colored index cards. I folded a few to use as pretend tents. 


When kids showed interest, I pointed out the cards. I told them they could fold the other cards or use them as is. Here is some of what happened.








Many other things happened—tents over animals, animal corrals (with and without the tents/cards), and so forth. I was intrigued and pleased at the different kinds of building, thinking, and experimenting that went on. And I was reminded that a few simple resources can trigger lots of imagination and work. In the days ahead I'll try adding other simple materials and watch what happens to my group of engineers and architects.

7 comments:

  1. We did the same and some of the children made them into signs for the constructions they were making. It was a great opportunity for markmaking and they really went for it. Add pencils and see what happens....

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  2. That is such a cute idea!!!! I will have to try this.

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  3. Annicles, We've added pencils (and paper), too. Mine like to make drawings and plans for their buildings. Maybe I need to "suggest" signs for the buildings.

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  4. What a great, simple idea! I honestly would never have thought of that in a million years!

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  5. That is so simple it is scary. :) I've been looking for something cheap and portable to make ramps and I think I just need to use some folded card-stock.

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  6. boy you and i are often on the same page...and i'm going to try the index card in the room. Anything with that shape (packing materials, box corners, etc) are used as animal hideaways...so why not make some : )

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  7. Very neat idea to add something simple! Looks like fun!

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