The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. -Carl Jung
The Chicken Project
In the 3s, project topics often emerge from conversations about common experiences. The Chicken Project started when some children shared stories about a visit to a local farm. Reading books about farms, playing with farm animals in the block area, and having class conversations about farms revealed that the class had a specific interest in chickens. The teachers invited a local farmer to visit, who brought a beautiful hen with him for the children to observe and touch and ask questions about. Children drew pictures, learned new vocabulary like “comb” and “flock”, and created realistic chicken coops for their own hens.