In Room 10 we have collaborative groups which are used to develop team work skills. Today the children were set a challenge where they had to work together to make a bridge out of a limited supply of materials.
These were: gum drops, toothpicks, ice block sticks and two rubber bands
The children designed their bridge for a plastic figurine to cross over. They had to work out the lengths and width of their bridge and how best to use the materials.
Most children drew their design first. There was lots of vigorous debates over who would play what role in the construction of the bridge and how to agree on the best design.
We decided it was best to try different methods and decide which one worked best. Luckily we did gain some clues from watching The Magic School Bus episode on construction!
A you can see we all came up with different designs. We did experience a few collapses, but a little bit of reflection and adjustment worked wonders.
The children really enjoyed the task and it did expose them to problem solving and learning to be diplomatic too!!
P.S We did enjoy a sweet after all our hard work, especially Lily, who I sincerely hope ate her vegetables tonight...