Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time Machine to the Dinos!

What is this?


Some may say, "a mess".  But, Luke and Nina shout excitedly, "It's our time machine!" They go on to tell me all about it:

The jug with water in it that is hooked up to the rest by a plastic hangar is the gas.  The box is Nina's buckle seat.  The couch is the second floor, where the dinos will be kept.  The fan near the couch (not in the picture) is the "electric" and will help blow the dinos.  The toy dinos (not viewable as Luke is blocking them) tell our little explorers where to find real dinos.  The Leap Frog fridge farm (behind Nina's head on a small chair, somewhat obscured by a hat -- which is to keep them cool as they explore Dino World) is also "electricity" and will help attract dinos, because dinos like songs.  And, the balls on the couch (not in the picture) are snow that fell on the time machine as it zoomed through space...

The explanation kept on coming and my amazement at it did, too.  For,  yesterday morning, as I attended to my morning chores, Luke and Nina busily scavenged the living room, bedroom, front closet and kitchen for parts for their creation -- a time machine! Then, once the chores were done and their machine was built, they asked if I would join them for breakfast as they made their voyage to Dino World.  Since part of our Rule of Seven here at Jammies School is to "love playing", I replied with an enthusiastic "of course", and so our adventure commenced.

Dinos, dinos everywhere, real to the kids as play synthesized past learning and experiences.  Past books, museum visits, learning games, etc. all wove their way into our morning play.  Then, in the evening, when Daddy got home from work, the play was revisited.  The kids engineered a mini-version of their time machine to bring daddy aboard to Dino World.

(By the way, this play was inspired, I think, by Robert and the Dinosaurs by Leesa Waldron, a short, silly, but imaginative read that Luke picked up from the library as one of his prizes for the loads of Summer reading hours we have logged.  It's not on my Top Ten of Dinosaur Picture Book Fiction, but at a mere penny on Amazon, it is definitely worth a look for dino-loving kids and dino-unit creating teachers.  The time machine concept certainly caught on here...)

We Play
Have you been loving play, too. Come play at the Childhood 101 We Play link up.  And if you are interested in seeing more ideas for crafts, activities, recipes, tips and educational resources for Toddlers, check out the links at Delicious Ambiguity Tot Tuesdays.


 

10 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

What a great imaginations! I'm also impressed with you saying "yes". I think so often we initially think to say "no".

Be A Fun Mum said...

That is SO clever! Love the name of your blog. xx

CatWay said...

Very creative! It is amazing sometimes how much children absorb from their environment (ie. how much they have taken from the story you read and adapted it for play).

amandab said...

What amazing imaginative play! So many complex ideas at play here, and they seem to be enjoying it so much! Just wonderful!!

katepickle said...

oh what fun! I'd like to borrow their time machine one day!

Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl said...

That's awesome! Cutie Pie always has stories...can't wait for it to turn into something like this! Thanks for stopping by Mom is the Only Girl! Glad I found your site!

meeks said...

Fantasy play comes so easily to kids doesn't it! I love love love watching it unfold!

Mom and Kiddo said...

That's some great imaginative play!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Visiting from We Play! Looks like a ton of fun! I love hearing the explanations my son comes up with for the way items are used in imaginary play too.

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Thanks for sharing your link - your kids have great imaginations! Lovely :-)

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