The red room children are extremely interested in building and demolishing! This had had us revisit an older project a previous group of preschoolers did about a year ago. It brought us to an understanding that to destroy something is actually an act of creativity! They are exploring the physics of balancing materials, and volume – filling up the structures they create with materials in the room.
A common thing for us to do while we prepare project work, is to keep in mind the definition of specific things the children are doing. Below I copied the definition of demolish. The part that is standing out with us is “especially on purpose”. This is in fact what our children are enjoying right now, while at the same time that they build, they want to equally find out how they can demolish.
demolish: verb (used with object)
to destroy or ruin (a building
or other structure), especial ly on purpose;tear down; raze.
We are inviting you to see if you can contribute to this inquiry with any recyclable materials that you may find at your home or work. The tubes they are using were actually donated by two families. One is a book binder, the paper is rolled in the tubes, and when they are done they cut the tubes for our children to use. The other is a mattress company, they plastic wrap is rolled around them, and they donate them, and we cut them here at the school. It has been a great resource for our children.
We would love to have anything that might continue to spark their innovation, curiosity, and creativity. If you have any questions about this, or if you are questioning whether a material might be appropriate, I would be more than willing to talk to you.
Here is a short clip of some of the building they are doing!