Last week I dumped 15 boxes into the play room and watched the kids make them into a balance beam that sadly only lasted twenty minutes, since they were crushing the boxes with each step. So I sent my husband once again to the hardware store and for $3 he brought home a beam and within a half hour him and Max had made a simple balance beam.
So happy to help
Asking for his hardhat!
Trying to get the hang of it
Two at a time
Seeing how long we can stay on
helping balance the ball over the beam
I find I am leaning more towards teaching the children through active play as they are just not interested in a lesson plan at this age. I find that activites as simple as a $3 balance beam can teach them problem solving and cooperation. It invokes curisoty and allows them to work as a group, learning from each other's idea's. The more I observe there interests and fill our classroom with items that encourage the more I find ways to foster there growing curisoty. People often ask me how do we keep busy all day and where do I come up with idea's? The best answer I can give is the children keep busy and supply most of my idea's.