imagination spools

Two of my little students came to me this morning: Miss Robynbird! Come see what we built! Hurry! You have to see!
(Kinda hard to say no to that!)
Two little blonde heads bouncing with excitement as we walk to the back of the classroom together. And then I see what they built!

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Tell me about it. I say to them.
He says: J and I built it together!
She says: We used all the spools.
I see that. Can you tell me more about it?
She says: They’re all in a line.
He hugs me with joy: We did it!


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I know nothing of their intent.
I don’t know what they think it was.
All I know is that they did it together and their pride was BIG!

You know, when it comes right down to it, I don’t really need to know any more than that.

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  1. This was such a sweet and typical reaction from children making what they felt was an awesome creation. I gave away a lot of my wooden spools to my artist brother. He made a beautiful wall creatipn in the shape of an octagon. It looked a little like the Japanese pachinko game.My grandies love stacking and sorting. Dominoes are a big deal and lots of fun to make patterns and create rows toppling. Another thing they like are all those drink lids (or caps) from milk, pop, juice and tea. Pink for 1%, blue for 2%, purple for skim, etc. They call it money and one grandson calls them “crazy” checkers. 🙂

    • Small bits are always the best toys!
      One of my little girls takes our white and black dominoes and makes a “piano”! How precious is that?
      I imagine your grandies (how precious is THAT?) are very lucky!

      • I do so love someone who blogs who uses “grandies” which I just borrow her word, from time to time. I love the little girl’s idea of making a piano out of the dominoes!

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