First, Mahi brought journals over to the children and asked the children to sketch what they thought a pack and play might look like. Most of the children sketched a small gym but several children believed that it might be what their siblings or young cousins had. When Mahi brings the Pack and Play the following day, three children comes over to what was brought into the classroom. “I know what that is! It is a pack and play. My brother has one of those,” one of the children shares. Two children decide it needs to come out of the bag it is placed in and then needs to be pulled apart. The same child who recognized the Pack and Play begins to fix the railings by pulling it up to latch it into place. He notices that the two short sides will not latch into place. He notices the instructions in the bottom of the pack and play and asks Mahi if the children can read them. With Mahi, they read the instructions. He points to the picture of the piece being pulled up in the middle of the Pack and Play. Mahi reads it to him and he tells Mahi to pull the center piece up. Once this is done, he is able to latch all sides in place. Mahi pushes the bottom down and Keegan and several friends look under it to make sure it is not crooked. He then puts the mat in. He fits the bassinet piece but it does not fit. He asks, “Whose Pack and Play is this?” Another child shares it is his and the child decides, with the help of his peers, that they should ask that child’s mom who happens to be a teach in our building named Lynn. Lynn gives her ideas to the children. The children bring it back to the classroom holding it like Lynn had shown them. The children who interviewed Lynn were able to but the bassinet netting in place. The children help snap the pieces and put the hooks in place. One child looks at the directions and realizes that the mat needs to be in the top if you are using it as a bassinet. The children tear down their work, take the mat out, put the bassinet piece back in, and put the mat back in. This whole process takes about one hour.
September 26, 2011