Last term the children were exploring motion and movement. While reviewing our documentation from the last term, we decided that our big idea this term would be balance. I have noticed that the children are very interested in ledges throughout our classroom and balancing various toys on those ledges. I was curious as to the different strategies the children would use while building on a thinner platform, similar to a ledge. How would they keep their materials from falling? Is the height of their structure dependent on the type of building platform? How will they choose to build?
I would like to use a yard stick next and have that taped to the blocks as a building platform. I’m curious if having the platform thinner will determine how the children will choose to build. I also wonder if it will make balancing the blocks on the platform more challenging.