What started out as a fun game, quickly grew into so much more! I was so happy to see the boys working together and taking the reins on this one. Then watching it all spiral! A lesson for me- let the boys take from it what they will!
As Charlotte Mason said:
The child, though under supervision, should be left much to himself–both that he may go to work in his own way on the ideas that he receives, and also that he may be the more open to natural influences.
(Vol 1, Part V Lessons As Instruments Of Education, p.178)
I originally found the idea of this “race track and marble” game on pinterest, and my first thought was fun and we can make it into a math game! Let’s measure the tracks, time the marbles, try different layouts and compare. So we set it all up. All that is needed is a foam noodle cut in half, some marbles and a box to catch them at the bottom!
I gave my oldest the paper and pen and asked him to write down any data he thought was important as he played that would have to do with math skills (leaving it wide open to see his reaction). Well, he took that and ran with it, documenting so much more than I had planned. He made up his own chart and then the ideas for different things and ways to chart just came pouring out of him! As an example, he thought to try using the large marble to hold a line of smaller marbles in place and let them all go at once to see what would happen.
My youngest son made up his own games as well, he’s two years old, so it was pretty much him rolling the marbles followed by a yell, then a chase after the marbles around the room! However, he kept manipulating his foam noodle as well and tried rolling the marble down it to discover if it worked or not. We moved the noodles around to different places for variations of heights and had some competitive racing as well.
Finally, my older son asked ” now can we do marble painting?!”
and so we did….. with an impromtu Jackson Pollock lesson! (next post!) 🙂