For many years there had been rockets in the playroom. I don’t think I have ever had an actual toy rocket but the children have built rockets to play with. Their preferred rocket building materials don’t come from the block bin. They use items from the housekeeping area.
There hasn’t been any ‘rocket’ play for the past year so I looked for an old picture of the children engaged in this activity. I have nearly 4500 childcare photos on my computer so this proved to be a time consuming task. The only one I could find before I gave up was this one;
Sorry, it is not a very good quality photo – to get it I cropped a small section of a larger photo. I don’t actually think they are using it as a rocket in this photo, it seems to be a shaker of something that they are adding to a recipe. However, they do have the cups placed on the bottle that I wanted to show you. Here is a picture I just took of the ‘supplies’.
I don’t remember which child originally discovered that those cups fit perfectly on those bottles – it was so very long ago. It has been an ongoing activity passed on through several groups of children over the years. There has always been one problem and you might be able to guess it if you look at the above photo (hint: how many cups vs how many bottles).
If only one child was playing then all three cups would be put on one bottle – like the shaker in the first photo. If two (or more) children wanted to play and have ‘rocket races’ then this would happen;
Seriously, they would never agree to only use one cup on each bottle and put the third cup away. There was always one rocket that was bigger, and more powerful, that the other. Some days I dreaded the rocket races.
The rocket play has fizzled out over the last year. The older children have not passed the game on to the young group I currently have. Yet, earlier this week the baby of the group did something that was very, very interesting. Take a look;
I didn’t manage to get them all in the photo but there are three of those milk jugs. Three jugs, three cups, three rockets that have yet to lift off. Impressive. The others haven’t noticed yet, but there are four toddlers….