Exploration of Rigamajig

Students and teacher unpack the toy look at all of the different parts together before any play. Begin by looking at all the parts as a group and ask children to describe what they see,  where have they seen these kinds of shapes in real life? These are more practical questions. But it can also go in the direction of creative and more abstract ideas as well. Followed by the unpacking, teacher and students establish the ground rules for positive cooperative play.

SKILLS:

  • Collaboration
  • Abstract Thinking
  • Problem Solving

approximate time:

35-40min

 

Challenge for students:

Students referring back to chart.

Students referring back to chart.

As a whole group on large chart paper, ask children to name the shapes that they see. For example, the wing nut could be labeled as "butterfly." Develop a common language as a class. Name them and draw them on large chart paper as a group. This can later be used as the classes’ reference page which can be taken out when the toy comes out for a lesson or free play.

Brainstorm ideas of using the materials safely. Refer to other building materials that they may have used in the classroom in the past and talk about what works while using those materials and what may work with Rigamajig. Talk about basic rules of cooperation and sharing.

  • How do we ask for something that we need?
  • How do we ask for a turn and say, "I’m using this right now, but you can use it when I’m done."
  • How to suggest other pieces to one another if the one they first wanted wasn’t available? 

Children need to be reminded of these skills, but these conversations will be something for all to refer back to while using Rigamajig in the future.

 

 
 
 
 

Gallery Walk

  • What are you (were you) curious about?
  • What makes a good collaborator?
  • Tell us about a problem you encountered and solved.

Follow-up Questions

  • What are you (were you) curious about?
  • What makes a good collaborator?
  • Tell us about a problem you encountered and solved.