Sunday, March 02, 2008

Zack's Bridge

Zack's preschool, Christ Church, is fantastic. They do the most creative, fun things with the kids, and while they're educational, they really do let the kids DO things and make their own mistakes and conjectures and what not.

One of their projects one week was about building, and they drew blueprints of bridges they wanted to build -- chalk on dark blue paper. Then the next day, they built what they drew, with the assistance of the teachers, and saw if they could translate what they drew in 2D into 3D.

That sounds pretty intense for a 5 year old, but really, it was a great excercise in imagination, and "if this doesn't work, what will you pick next", which is something my little guy needs to embrace.

Here is Zack's finished project -- a draw bridge.

When he realized that he couldn't, as a five-year old, build something out of styrofoam that opened UP, he thought and thought with the teacher, and they came up with a bridge that woudl swing OUT. I thought that was quite clever. And then of course he had to build a boat that was going under the bridge (labeled "Motor Boat" lest we not know what it was) and pasted blue paper under it so we would understand it was on the water.

Since this was a big project and wouldn't store in my big art flats where I save Zack's masterpieces, I took this picture, printed it, wrote about it, and attached it to the blueprint to save for posterity.

And I thought I would share it with you!


  1. Anonymous7:47 PM

    Wow, what a great project. I don't think my girls have done anything like this even in elementary school or the gifted program yet.

    - Jen

  2. Anonymous9:24 AM

    I love your blog! Very inspirational. You're an amazingly creative women, thanks for sharing. I'm considering doing a blog for my sales rep business and you've helped make me think it would be a good idea. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much! Yes, I think having a blog can be really beneficial for business -- it has been for me! Plus it's really enjoyable, and adds a human aspect to the business.

  4. Oh, my budding genius is at it again!
    Send him to me, the physicist and I would love to have him for a long while, and now there is an added


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