Once I place the body of water onto the carpet with the small blocks positioned around it, I ask “What do we need to build to get the cars across the water?” Fiona quickly answers “A bridge.” Myles joins Fiona in building this bridge. They work very hard on this ,but keep the structure running alongside the body of water.
As soon as a block is added on, leading down the middle of the water, Myles takes his car and rolls it down that section. He seems to believe he can continue across the water even when the car rolls off the bridge. To fix this problem Myles places a small block at the end of the bridge in order to block his car from rolling off it again.
Next time I would like to explore the functions of bridges with the children, allowing them to begin a better understanding of why and how we use bridges. Re-enacting the story Three Billy Goats Gruff, or creating their own will provide opportunity to experience the many uses of bridges.