Double day two STRONG sessions.
The morning session was my first with the slightly older nursery group. They are a strong group with lots of sharing and cooperation between the children and between the adults and children too.
An overwhelming display of strength was shown by some of the children, using the tools laid out and pushing their entire length of the handles in the ground. They confidently ran round the space exploring the tools and the environment.
INSIDE/OUTSIDE In the forefront of my thoughts was where the final commission will be used, how the indoor environment will work with the final commission piece, the kind of ‘tools’ that could work both inside and out. The ‘loose parts’ the tools could be used with…..paint, clay, soil, sand, glitter, dough, foam.
Todays session allowed the strength of the children to be tested and stretched with the tools, will these experiences be possible inside?
Tools that attach to the body?? Observing one child getting a lot of enjoyment from discovering the shapes the bottom of his shoes made on the the ground, could the tools attach to the body?
The Afternoon Session, this group have grown in confidence from that first session where they stayed so close to the adults. Again this was another STRONG session, lots of pushing banging, pushing banging pushing banging with the tools lots of repetition.
Some great collaborative play occured this session between the tools and john’s unfired clay pots. A satisfyling shattering of the clay followed by collecting of the pieces into a vessel, very focused and absorbed play.
A new kind of play was observed today for the first time , the ‘rolling pin’ tool was turned into a gun….could the appearance of the tools be more ambiguous allowing the users more of themselves to be projected on to the objects.