This project was about demonstrating sound visually and exploring the process of rubber band popping and visually seeing what type of reaction can be produced with it. The children were invited to the light table area with baking pans set up with rubber bands wrapped around them and paint placed underneath the rubber bands.
At first the children pushed the rubber bands downward and once the teachers showed how to ‘strum’ the rubber band they became even more engaged with the project. One child took the rubber bands off and said, “Look! Teacher I did it!”
The children strengthened their fine motor skills through strumming the rubber bands. They also learned cause and effect, as they strummed the rubber bands paint would splatter onto the baking pans.
The benefits of this provocation entailed understanding cause and effect. Through this experience the children learned that their actions create positive results during their play. Piaget theorized that children learn through play when they are able to cause things to occur or change. This serves as a confidence boost for them as well because the children are able to see that their efforts have meaningful impacts. According to G.A. Davis and J.D. Keller, “Observation is used as a tool for understanding relationships, making predictions, and figuring out why things happen. They learn to cause situations so that related events can be observed and enjoyed.”
The experience combined auditory and kinesthetic learning that allowed the children to interact with each other and the loose parts materials to explore sound. It also encouraged them to examine and experiment using the rubber bands with paint through out the exploration.
“From the very beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.”—Alfred North Whitehead
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