In the TinkerLab, the SK class has been working with a building set called Roominate. Though the website will tell you this is an engineering-type toy for girls, the girls in our class have been more than inviting for the boys to build with them. The set encourages kids to build a doll house for Bettina and her pet bunny, Hoppy. The kit includes a variety of pieces that can be put together as furniture and other items from kids' imaginations. It also includes a couple battery packs, with wiring, to connect lights and small motors. In the house (pictured above), you'll see a two-level house for Bettina and Hoppy. Notice the different living spaces, slide (instead of stairs) to go between floors, and strand of lights and sun on top. This was a total team effort to design, build, and decorate.
Taking front and center in the imaginative play is the Café. A true classroom creation, the Café has been an idea, turned into reality through days of play, creativity, prep (as the chefs call it) and a little silliness. What started as a place to get food for MBC Hospital, has now evolved into a standalone entity. The children first started taking turns as chefs serving customers using a food cart and then ran with the idea to build an entire café. The café has been ongoing for two weeks and the next blog post will have more info about the process that led up to serving our JK friends a few meals.
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