Developing skills with tools
We are really excited to explore with these very grown-up tools. Using these tools are a unique learning opportunity for young children. Here’s why:
Learning to solve a problem in not an innate skill, especially when there are lots of loving people as
well as technology to solve small daily skill. So the exploration environment invites children to
practice problem solving by creating their ideas in a 3-d type of way. How can you get a box to be a
robot? Can you use anything to be the legs of the robot? How big do the legs have to be and how will
they be attached.
Problem solving is a life skill that has underlying values: creativity, perserverance, flexibility and
communication. By working with real tools and building real objects we value the work that the
children are doing and promote their respect and understanding of learning.
Tinkering activities also build peer relationships in children. Tinkering activities can support team work and collaboration to improve the social relationships between children.
Their eyes light up and all the children become very serious when using the tools. They recognise that this work needs their attention and focus. Being able to use these materials requires self-regulation, and commitment to being patient.
We finished drilling the holes into the rain maker and poured the rice and beans inside. I had thought
to cover the screw hearts with tape to paint over it. The children said, no why? The more I thought
about it, the more I realised, of course why cover the hard work they did with the drill and hammer.
Some ideas for the future are a robot; a bridge, and a house for the wolf. We will have to take a vote
to see what our next big project is.