It was late Friday afternoon. The children in my class were worn out from the long week, and from lost sleep the night before due to a booming thunderstorm that swept through the area. Since it was 3:00, I decided to give them a break and let the children have free choice. As a teacher, I’m sure I called it “workplaces” or “learning centers,” or something with an educational slant. I can’t have my students going home to tell their parents that they played in school!
Anyway, I brought out the toys that I provided for indoor recess or Friday afternoons such as this. After discussing the rules for the “workplaces” such as limiting the number of kids to 6 at each “learning center,” I brought out the goods. The kids swarmed over the Legos, which I placed on the carpet. Eager little hands tore open the cover of the storage box and began building ships, cars, and rockets. Next, I brought out multicolored construction paper with no directions of what to make or draw. The children could create anything they wanted.