Please take the time to reflect with your child:
What are you doing? What were you learning about? What makes you think that? How do you make a new friend?
While inquiring into Who We Are and thinking about how we connect to others, we asked the children “Where do you go with people that you know?” We made a list:
Children were then asked “What spaces can we make in our classrooms that will be fun to go to with new friends?” They considered the options, and after a vote, it was decided that we would make Legoland as a place for us to go with people that we are getting to know!
How are we going to make Legoland? What do we need?
The children brought out all the lego and had a play with it. There was a bit of a dispute over where the best location would be to build Legoland, either on the stage area or in our makerspace. They decided to play in both spots and see which worked better – it was quickly decided that the stage area had more space. Children thought that the big bins holding our Lego wasn’t best for seeing all the pieces and expressed interest in organizing them.
They brought the Lego outside because there was more room to spread it out and decided on how to organize the pieces. After much debate, it was decided that the bins would be organized according to colour as well as items.
Over two days, bins were organized:
Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, People, Animals, Things with Wheels, Train Tracks, Things to build a House, Flowers and Trees, Little Lego, Not Lego, and I Don’t Know What This Is. Land pieces were separated and left out.
Once the bins were brought back inside, it was chaos. No one knew were pieces were, there were too many bins taking up too much space. Children saw that they were using all kinds of pieces at the same time, that maybe organizing them wasn’t such a good idea. Not all children knew the rules of the bins, which was frustrating some. There was not a lot of play happening. It seemed like everyone wanted something different.
Is Legoland working? What can we make/do for Legoland to make it better?
The children set off to work again, this time with more of a plan. Some children were going to make a sign, some were going to build a Lego house where they could host birthday parties, while others wanted to stick to organizing the pieces.
Once the children started to focus on the play instead of only on the organization the entire Legoland experience changed. We started seeing children work and play collaboratively, using Lego as the common understanding. Lego started to spread throughout the classroom. Some playmates were familiar with each other, and others were becoming new friends. Lego, it seemed, was connecting them to each other.
LEGOLAND – Sept-Oct, 2016.