We are so excited to be rolling out a creative way to spark our students imagination and creativity! They are called provocations and they are designed to stimulate new ideas and develop skills of creativity and inventiveness. Simply put, teachers are setting out "loose parts" and inviting children to use their minds to create whatever they wish!
In this activity, you can see our Toddler 2 room using three simple items; pom poms, tongs and pie tins. The underlying DAP (developmentally appropriate practice) behind this activity is stimulating the children's fine motor skills, by using the tongs to pick up the pom poms. They were not instructed to use the tongs, however, all children chose to build their "pie" with this tool! Our Toddler 2 teacher, Ms. Sara, was observing the children and was asking the children open ended questions to get their minds working. This activity builds flexibility in thinking, planning and reflecting in young minds.
Stay tuned for more fun provocations this summer!