Public transport, it is often viewed as mundane to us grown ups, yet it is a real point of interest for many children of kindergarten age. A common element of imaginative play centering around transport is a wonderfully dramatic entry, the importance of paying for your trip, and exiting when appropriate, as well as the drivers announcements and communication to his/her passengers. We have all much enjoyed seeing the interactions taking place in our tram station, and gaining insight into the children’s own experiences of public transport. The discussions about their final destination, the stops along the way, touching on and touching off, preparing for the trip with travelling hats, clothing and bags, and the differing tram routes has been very enjoyable to see and hear. There is much discussion around who is the driver and who are the passengers - excellent practice in negotiating and turn taking!
Similarly, we have some expert racing car mechanics among our possums. Constructing a race car from scratch requires a great deal of design, engineering and thinking about the space and materials needed. The use of big blocks outside to create the cars has allowed for a very sophisticated set of construction skills to emerge! Once again we are seeing those friends who have spent time building the cars, learning to share their work with their peers (and teachers!)