Our "cardboard crew" seems to have an insatiable appetite for boxes and tubes. They have such a great time coming up with ways to tape together materials to create cars, robots, trains, and other machines.
Recently, the cardboard creations took a new direction. One morning, I noticed that several kids were taping cardboard rectangles under their shoes. Then I heard "They're skis" and "It's a snowboard" and then they started adding designs with marker and tape to embellish their winter sports gear. It took some trial and error to figure out how to attach the items to their feet and still have the ability to move around, but they kept at it and helped each other.
The ski-making was absolutely spontaneous, and clearly inspired by their interest in and exposure to the winter Olympics. Several kids wanted to take their skis and snowboards out into the playground snow to try, but we discussed what snow would do to the cardboard. They did get a chance to try them in the big space upstairs, and learned that being an Olympian can be a real challenge when your tape doesn't want to stick to the cardboard! I love that our Reggio approach allows kids to spend a morning following an idea from start to finish, and learn an appreciation for all the work, joy, frustration, and accomplishment that can come with creating.