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Lesson Plans

Re: Development 3D

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Bob Greaves (
Wed, 02 Apr 1997 13:03:11 +0000

My experience with children working with wood is that the very
young(2-3 years old and sometimes older) just want to hammer in nails.
I then provide suitable timber cut across the grain to enable them
to succeed. The Kindergarten children who are drawing recognizable
symbols (ie suns and tadpole figures) work in a 2D style, just adding
layers one on top of the other. They do not see a back or front of
the object they are working on. It is the same with clay.. Small
children will "draw' with the medium rather than make a 3D object.
Our biggest problem, when we do our wood activity in public places,
Fairs and rural agricultural shows, trying to get the parents to see
that their child need to go through this "2D" stage before they will
arrive at a 3D way of thinking. Somehow many adults will allow a
child to go through the scribble stage but expect the child to
immediately make some recognizable or utilitarian object as soon as
they experience plastic or constructional materials.
All people, when encountering a new material for the first time,
need the chance to play with it before they discover its creative
potential.. This particularly applies to young children.
Any material used by young children needs to work immediately, They
cannot wait for the PVA type wood glue to dry for example. That's why
children are experts at using sticky tape.. It works straight away!

Bob Greaves.