We learned that children automatically think of water when we talk about bridges. My assumption would be that since we live in such a small town they don’t have the opportunity to see bridges over land as often as they do a creek or river.
I showed the children some pictures of bridges and then we got busy sponge painting a bridge in the style of Monet .
Provocations are area you set up to ” provoke ” the children to think . You dont tell them how to use the materials you just watch. I set up a few bridges on the table with cars . The tops of the bridges were made of various materials like wood, paper and foam. It was interesting to see how they would get the bridge to support the cars. It didnt take them long to figure out that if you put a piece of wood under the foam or the paper that it would hold up much better.
Bridges also give us a great opportunity to use position words like under, over , through and around.
One of the new toys I had today was a plane that lands on water . Is it called a C Plane ? While I was going an activity downstairs Ms Dallas showed a few kiddos in her area a video shot of a plane landing on the water.
Also in one of the upstairs rooms was our train set. It was quite a hit today.
The boys enjoyed the race car driver costumes I added to dramatic play today.
Learning about bridges and the story ” The Three Billy Goats Gruff” come hand in hand. First I told the children the story and as a transition to nap time we all acted out the story. The kids LOVED trip- trapping across the table as a billy goat.