Making or 'Creative' area
- Seeing the child play 'goals' an adult quickly joined in and suggested the need for keeping score.
- Making a goal and keeping score!
- Are children able to be independent in the creating area? are they able to access a wide range of materials that are organised into type? Do they have independent access to tools to join the materials together in ways they choose?
- Working out how these can fit together and stay in one place! Look how close this is to tessellating.
- An assortment of different sizes, colours and materials lends itself to working out what will fit and what matches as well as counting out what is needed or adding 'one more', or finding there are too many to fit and taking some away.
- Sometimes children come with a plan to the making area. Here a child wanted to make a tape recorder and carefully copied the words from the recorder and the numbers from the counter on the recorder.
- Wrapping presents calls for problem solving, 'Will this paper be big enough, how will I find out?. It is not easy to see how big a piece of paper needs to be to fit around a 3D shape, it might call for measuring, 'What shall I use to measure with?', 'Is it long enough? wide enough?'.
- Creating and making areas are a rich source of PSRN possibilities. Add objects of varying shapes, colours and textures. Add numbers in the form of raffle tickets, wrapping paper, old calendars, sticky numbers etc.
- Weaving in a grand scale!
Children will make independent choices if resources are freely available. The workshop approach encourages children to explore, investigate, talk and learn about number, shape, space and measure through first hand practical experiences.