Our invitation today was “ Can you make a gate to hold five pumpkins?” Some teachers may call the system project. I just call it fun that goes along with our story for the day.
I am not unaware of the learning that takes place in this type of project but there’s really no need to attach a fancy name to learning that takes place all the time. We had counting, we had critical thinking skills as the children tried to build a gate that would hold the pumpkins. We had conversation ( negotiations as the children shared the blocks on the table. ) There was so much more going on but my favorite was watching them laugh and get excited as they succeeded.