My internet connection is having all sorts of dramas at the moment and I am incredibly frustrated by the inability to post up photo stories! So you’ll just have to believe me when I say that I was incredibly proud of the connection I was able to make with this child and so happy that his Mum was able to see that! As a family new to child care, she has many worries of her own, by following up on a conversation with this activity, I hope that alleviated just one of her concerns!
It all started after Mum left and we were having a cuddle whilst discussing what activities we had available in the yard.
My young man and I talked about what he would like to do and he replied ‘I want to make a machine that turns water into food’.
And there it was. My own kids movie watching had paid off. I knew this was a movie reference and was able to ask questions that could confirm this and extend our discussion.
“what sort of food?”
“what does it look like?”
“It has a circle on the top and one on the bottom. A place for water to go in and a bzzzzzzz for the cheeeeezbuuurger”
“What do we need to make it?”
“First we need Yellow Paper!”
(sooo lucky that I happened to have yellow paper amongst the colours I’d put out that day!”
I quickly took notes on what was needed then drew a basic picture of the machine as he’d described it.
By now other children were becoming interested in this conversation and we went together to collect collage items so that we could all invent something.
Masking tape, scissors and glue, paper for planning and we had a class of inventors!
My man and I worked on how to connect things together as we created ‘a machine that can turn water into food!’ Facing challenges of height, balance, fit and shapes we managed pretty well to identify everything’s needs and abilities!
I even made him a ‘cheeseburger’ out of cardboard and carpet off-cuts – which he declared ‘Yum’ 🙂
So as I reflect on this connection between home, family and child I feel positive and validated. Watching movies can create positive interactions with those around us, develop thinking skills, help clarify concepts and create opportunities for creative play!
After all, it’s not every day that you can say it’s “cloudy with a chance of meatballs!”