When progressive school teacher told me she got rid of her LEGOs because her kids became "LEGO obsessed," it irked me because they weren't obsessed with the bricks. They became obsessed with the mini figurines, which took away from the child's imagination.
When a child creates, no matter what medium it is, you have no idea what is going through their minds. Take a closer look at what your children (be it your own kids or students) builds. What you see as bricks thrown together may be something totally different to them.
I wanted to recreate this ad with the things my kids create in the class. Thanks to my friend, Sophia Chan, I am able to do so.
After our ice cream making unit, our children's play was heavily influenced by their fascination with ice cream. Here, Z.M. used the Community Playthings outlast blocks to build an ice cream shop. Ms. Chin "purchases" a cone for $1.
Take a closer look. Z.M. improvises and pretends the cone and ball is the delicious tasty treat.
Here, D.Y. use one of molding cup to create his own cupcake. He's no longer a kid in school playing with sand. In his mind, D.Y. became a baker using the tools a baker needs to bake a cupcake.
"It's a spaceship." He answered.
Yes! That's what I saw! His creation reminded me of something from the Star Wars universe...the Millennium Falcon! Take a look!