Students in Grade 3 and 3/4 created designs using our 3D printed winter trees. The challange was to use some very tiny parts and to create one large decorated tree with our designs. The students agreed that next time they would communicate their ideas before they started and I learned to use a smaller tree. The little parts were tricky to manipulate and the students enjoyed the challenge.
Many classes showed their learning about Hallowe’en using loose parts to create mini stories. Students were able to give lots of details about what they imagined, designed and built.
“Loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children. They are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.” –Myskow
Read more about Loose Parts here.
Some students have been discussing how to listen in a group, how to effectively communicate their ideas and how to be respectful of the ideas of their peers. We shared My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook and students used loose parts to create their own examples of calling out and interrupting.