Clay Experiences: Ant Models

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.


Luis: 1,2,3,4,5…

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.


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!


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.

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Trip to BSA Life Structures

Room 2 went on a trip to BSA Life Structures.     The kids loved the fish tank!   We got to see some sample 3D models and even got our own 3D model of our Tiny Library outside.   They showed the children around the office and had a table set up of an activity for the kids to do while we got to look at the tiny library on google earth!   It was a great experience for all the kids!

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Building the Library

Last week the children in Room 2 were able to collaborate with our architect friends and Mr. Stephen to construct the tiny library to be displayed outside our school. The children not only helped with the design but also assisted with using a giant saw to cut down pieces of yardsticks to use as the siding on our library. Drills, hammers, screwdrivers, wood glue, and paint were just a few materials that the children used. We can’t wait until our next build day to finish up final touches and install the library! ​

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Outside Spaces

Room Two has been utilizing our outdoor space during this beautiful spring weather. We've used watercolors to paint our scenery, shadow drawings, and even tree bark crayon markings.

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Watercolors and Salt

Room Two enjoyed investigating watercolors and salt using pipettes. The children observed how the colors would seep into the salt and create different color combinations.

"I made it look like a rainbow."-Ryan 4 years

"The blue and purple mixed together makes the purple darker."-Kayla 5 years

"It's making the salt sticky."-Eduardo 5 years

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A playhouse is built!

The children in Room Two were able to use their knowledge of building and use of tools to construct a playhouse with Mr. Stephen. We measured the pieces of wood with the measuring tape to make sure we had equal sizes for the walls. Eduardo especially enjoyed measuring EVERYTHING in the room and recording his findings. We then used a power drill to drill holes for the screws and screwdrivers to tighten the screws. For fun, we pounded on scrap wood with hammers and nails! After our playhouse was finished, the children decided it needed furniture. We have been busy discussing the types of furniture we would like to construct for our playhouse.

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Building Expert

To go along with our building project, the students in Room Two had a Q & A session with our building expert, Mr. Stephen. Mr. Stephen is Ms. Sarah's husband who enjoys building in his spare time. The children prepared for the meeting by discussing what we would like to build with Mr. Stephen and then we voted as a class. The winning vote was to build a wooden playhouse for our block area. The children have been busy making design plans for their playhouses and we had a discussion with Mr. Stephen on what materials we would need and how to incorporate our designs. Later this week we start building! Stay tuned...


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Collaborating with Architects

To go along with our building project, the children in Room Two have been collaborating with architects to build a tiny library for the Indianapolis community. We have been busy making our own sketches and discussing various materials we would like to use to build the tiny library. We've used tiles, wood panels, and gems to construct models. The architect team then took our ideas and plugged them into a computer design program for us to see a digital image of what the final product will look like. We are very excited to start building our tiny library!

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Tiny Library

The children of room 2 at the Thompson building have been studying construction and tools. With this, they have begun to explore the construction of “tiny libraries” throughout their community. Miniature libraries such as these allow freedom for people, especially children, in the community to borrow, replace, and add new literature for others to experience. This makes for a new, exciting, ever changing experience for those involving themselves with the libraries! In support of all of this, children were presented with a multi-media provocation with the intention of using learned knowledge to design and visualize what our own tiny library would look like. Water color, pastel, drawing pen, and photography were all used in this collaborative effort.





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A Hammer

Room Two is still investigating and exploring construction. We found a broken chair in the building and wondered what we could use to fix it. Answers included: "A hammer.", "A screw driver to screw things.", and " a lot of tools and a hammer so we can sit on it again."  We were able to test out our theories by using real tools such as screw drivers, hammers, and screws to help fix it. The children collaborated together to fix the chair and it is now back in the classroom ready for use! 

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