how do you create scaffolds that allow kids' imaginations to soar?
We started with the materials. Three really cool boxes of LITTLE BITS©. How do you learn to use something new? Do you just open the box and go? Do you read the instructions? Do you combine the two? Now that they have had some practice thinking, planning and executing a project as a group, it was time to give them a chance to initiate the process for their own structure. Rather than we three setting it all up, we asked them those questions and handed them the boxes. They divided into groups (maybe with a little help) and started playing. Most went to the instructions, some just grabbed the circuits and tried different combinations, all had fun. They created prank hand buzzers, tickle machines, buzzing tickling alarm clocks, flashlights and then something amazing happened. When one group found their way into a closet to test the flashlight another idea emerged. After reformulating the circuit into a prank hand buzzer they remembered the closet and the hand buzzer became a doorbell and a fast food restaurant delivery window was born!
Nancy Tarshis MA, MS, CCC-SLP, Allie Brudner MS, CCC-SLP, Noor Al Radi MS CCC-SLP Being grown-up kids, play continues to be a relished home for flights of ideas. As speech language pathologists at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in the Bronx we try to infuse all therapy with opportunities for that sense of wonder when tinkering, problem-solving and all other -ings.