This week’s session was devoted to testing the suitability of materials for our project.
The children suggested the material needs to:
– Stay in one place
– be flat like the playground, not bumpy
– strong so it doesn’t blow away in the wind
We discussed the notion of TIME and our project……
How long would the material be down on the playground?
one hour and 1 minute
We talked about the fact that Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s wrapped walkway was not PERMANENT and the idea of something being TEMPORARY.
We had lots of suggestions for the idea of temporary – it stayed a while but NOT FOREVER.
We also discussed the idea of how it might look? Was that important?
We mostly decided the material should be a very NOTICEABLE COLOUR!
It was time to explore some materials and in preparation I posted a lot of samples of materials down to the school. To make the exploration of the sample of material more mysterious, I suggested to the Teacher that the children be blindfolded so they relied on other senses than their eyes to find out about the sample…….
The children offered lots of descriptive words:
And then the children took their blindfolds off and were very surprised and interested in their small sample of material…….so they looked more closely and noticed things about its appearance as well….
Daniel noticed there was a sort of texture and pattern to his material and he said it”looks like a maze” “like lots of wee stairs….”
The children made a drawing of their sample in their sketchbooks…..
The next step was a discussion about how we could TEST material to see how it would fare outside. The children decided the material samples could be tied, taped or weighted somehow. They also said they would guard it in case anything happened to it!
As the children began to go outside I got to witness the activity through the Teacher’s iPad!
Samples of materials were tied, pegged and taped using duck tape and masking tape. The children made sure all the different samples were fixed outside using DIFFERENT METHODS…….
We look forward to seeing what happens when we come back to school on Monday and re- connect on Tuesday to report on the findings!