Monday, August 16, 2010

experimenting with ramps at preschool

Score!  One of our lovely families donated these 4 large wooden decking tiles - perfect "loose parts" for the children's creative and imaginative outdoor play.

On the first day, the boys made ramps for their trucks using the decking and milk crates:

Ramp play is full of problem solving opportunities which teach children about concepts such as gravity, motion and cause and effect.

The boys also exchanged loads of ideas for their truck track, co-operated to get things done and took turns to run their trucks down the ramps.  That's a lot of learning from donated decking tiles!

Then of course the inevitable happened:

and the unexpected:

I'm looking forward to seeing how our new 'loose parts' will be put to use in the upcoming weeks.

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  1. The kids are going to have lots of ideas about what they can do with them, but I'm already thinking about what you can do with them once the "newness" wears off.

    I've been experimenting with using pallets (which we've nailed extra wood to so that they're very much like these deck pieces) as a way to define outdoor areas -- to give them a sense of focus the way a table helps define a station indoors. Think of it as portable decking! =)

  2. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with them too. :)

  3. Score is right! They are brilliant Jenny and so versatile. What brilliant children you have. That mud ramp looks like soooo much fun ... Love it!

  4. Jenny,

    Love this post!

    Ramp making is so fun for children.

    We are also going to be building ramps and making some little Lego vehicles this week.
    How nice that the pieces were donated, too.

    We are in summer camp mode here and are going to do different activities about gravity, force, and motion with Legos.

    Have a happy rest of your day,

  5. Looks like some really cool play going on! I can't wait to see what they'll do next. (And as Tom said, what YOU will do with them next.)