Action Requires Thought

Delivery Method: 

A group of young children are having fun trying to throw various sized balls over a canvas wall. This joyful game arose spontaneously and spread to the whole group. Let’s step back and consider where the children’s thinking comes into play. Notice what laws of physics the children accommodate in order to get the balls over the top of the wall (i.e., don’t stand too close to the wall when you throw). Observe how the physical layout of the props supports group play (i.e., the throwing area is wide enough for several children to play together). Consider how to use what you learn from observing the children’s play to either redesign the physical layout for the next day or invite the children to meet a new form of challenge.

Keywords: Threes, Children-Object, Spatial Relations, Force, Aiming

Length of stand alone master video clip: 3 minutes 30 seconds