One rainy day, I decided some crafts would be a great idea to keep my two girls occupied. I got out some coloured matchsticks, some feathers, glue, paper and pens. Little did I know that what I had in mind was not what my daughters had in mind! The above picture is the result. The feathers and pillows became a nest, the matchsticks became the ‘prickles’ to protect the nest and I became the nature documentary narrator as the girls flew around the room, squawking and collecting food for their soon to hatch babies.
That day, they reminded me, that as parents and teachers, we often have preconceived ideas about what our children/students ‘should’ be doing with our planned activities. Discovery Time is a time for the children to take the lead, to create and innovate and we should expect the unexpected!