Holes are absolutely everywhere, as we discovered in October (see HOLES post). Is this about insertion? We certainly see children wanting to fill containers (really, just a portable hole!) and then transfer materials from one place to another. Recently, Caroline discovered this red box which she filled with various items:
Hey Diane! This is my jewelry box. Look at my jewelry box! Caroline brings it over to the pipe table and when Thomas asks, Can I see that? she holds it out. What does it have in it? he wonders, and she says, This is my jewelry box. My mom had a wedding. A real wedding. She shakes it, hearing the sound.
Many children have been fascinated with the new pipe and ball structure – again, insertion seems to be the draw, but there is lots of problem solving as well, sometimes combined with dramatic play. Thomas imagined the pipes as water squirters. Caroline said Veggie sticks for Studio Blue! as she sent balls down a pipe. Kaya used pipes for a long conversation on the telephone with his father: Hi. So yeah, pick me up right now.
As children connect the pipes, they also connect with each other:
Caroline How do I do this one, Travers?
Travers It goes under and over and under and over.
Caroline This is a very fun thing.
Travers Luca, I need a little help.
Luca I’m not strong enough right here. (trying to connect)
Travers I’m strong enough. I got it!