Today, Room 2 continued their study of ants by looking through a book in order to observe the different parts of the insect’s body. As we observed and discussed, the children had the opportunity to create their own ants using clay. It was very interesting to hear what they had to say and how they made and applied the different parts. A lot of the children had trouble making the more fragile parts, like the legs, stay connected. So, we spent a lot of time talking about how to mold and blend in order to make the clay cohesive.
Angel: (looking at the ant pictures) His butt… his feet.
B: HE HAS THREE MAIN PARTS... SEE!
Angel: (lays clay creation next to picture in the book) It’s a spider!
Luis: I made a spider too!
David: Legs, head. We need a ball right now ‘cause he has that head. I can’t make a body.
B: WHAT… WHY!?
David: ‘Cause I can’t make that big ball.
Draymonte: That’s the middle.
Samari: This is my back. I’m looking at the ant body. I’ma make the arms!
S: WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE NEXT?!
Draymonte: The arms… the head goes on back.
David: (counts the legs on his clay ant) 1,2,3,4. I have 4 legs and I need one more.
Draymonte: I made two eyes. Now I got to make the legs. Look at my details!
Samari: I’m making mine like the ones in my house.