Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Using the saw...

The lego stop-motion film is not the only way Vinden is exploring robots... the robot dance is going to be filmed too... so now the children are busy making props for the film... a giant robot being one of the props...
A large pipe was suggested as legs... the children laughed... "its far too long" they exclaimed... "So how can we make it shorter?"... "with a saw" chimed the children.
So as we sawed the children started quoting lines from Alfons Åberg "Aja Baja" where Alfons is absolutely not allowed to use the saw. You can find out more about Alfons (Alfie Atkins) here
The children had a great respect for the saw, had full focus, marvelled at the sawdust, helped each other (by sitting on the pipe to keep it steady - that was also hard work) and also peering into the pipe and seeing how the saw went through into the middle.
When one leg was ready... "how do we make sure that the other leg is the same length?" - "We need to measure it"... the children had all the answers we needed!



Once the legs were ready we moved onto finding the rest of the body... the children rummaged around the atelier, looking in the boxes and shelves for something suitable (since we had just had a deleivery a week ago we had fresh boxes available, as well as packaging... the children made full use of this...
The body and head boxes were painted metallic to continuous exclamations of "this is so much fun".



Not sure whether we will be working on this next week or not... it might be decorated, robot style... but as it is a school break, and several of the children will be away, we will be putting the project on hold for a week - its more fun when we are all together... next week will most probably be dedicated to 100% free play...

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