This is a story about how one educator created an invitation with recycled materials and how the children turned what was thought to be an art installation into a scientific investigation.Read More
The ethos of the maker movement aligns well with constructivist practices. Children in maker spaces are invited to create something from the available materials and to experiment, construct, and iterate, as the work becomes the vehicle for learning.Read More
At the beginning of this provocation, I wondered how the children would approach the work. They started off slowly, but through experimentation and supporting each other, new discoveries were made about how materials can be used in ways different from what we think they are capable of.Read More
Loose parts may be natural, reclaimed or recycled or known materials (beads, fabric, metal, paper, etc.) that are open-ended (can be combined in endless ways). They have no specific directions.Read More
Loose parts are everywhere. I see them being used and featured in many posts, tweets, and articles. What I love about loose parts is the blank canvas opportunities they provide for children who engage with them.