Working on the junk modelling table making Pumpkin Masks for Halloween, Ignacio showed me a boat he had made from Duplo- a boat he had made several times before. Leaving the children to work independently and join Ignacio on the construction mat, this is how the conversation unveiled…
Ignacio: I've made a fishing boat in the Maldives. Fishing boats are easy to make.
Ms. Karen: Why don't you make an aeroplane then?
Ignacio: They are easy too.
Ms. Karen: I would like to see how you design one.
Within minutes he had built one.
Ms. Karen: Ok could you make a spaceship?
Ignacio: No it's a bit hard.
Again he thought and tried various options. Soon it was complete.
Ms. Karen: Can you make a helicopter?
Ignacio: No I don't know how too. Show me how to do it?
Ms. Karen: I’m sure you can build one without my help!
Ignacio: I don't know how. I want you to teach me.
We decided to research helicopters on the iPad.
Ms. Karen: What can we use for the propellers?
He looked, shaking his head, producing a cuboid piece of Duplo from the box.
At this point Katie arrived. We discussed the designs of Ignacio's Duplo vehicles.
Katie dived into the box.
Katie: Look Ms. Karen, we can use this umbrella!