This week we have been thinking about how important it is to be able to talk to each other in order to work as part of a group. The children were given the challenge of working together in a team to build a house out of lollypop sticks but they were given one very important rule - no talking!
This is what the children thought about this activity -
"We couldn't share our ideas but we could act out what we wanted to say. But sometimes people didn't understand our actions!" Said Sam.
Noura said, "it was hard."
"It was tricky because we couldn't ask for help from our friends." Said Toko.
Here is how the houses made in silence turned out -
We then repeated the activity, but this time the children could talk to each other. Immediately there was a buzz of excitement and exchanges of ideas as they enthusiastically began to build their new houses.
This is what they thought about doing the activity this way -
"We could solve the problems with our friends." Miria said.
"We all talked about our plan first so we knew what to do." Said Jan.
This is how the houses turned out when the children could talk to each other -
The children felt that it was much easier to build and work in a team when they could talk to each other. It was great to listen to them talking about what they were going to do and saying things like 'I can show you" and "I'll help you with that part."
Communication really is an integral part of our lives!
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