Following on from our initial work exploring the work of the artist Hundertwasser, one child suggested that his work looked like race tracks.
The more circles there are, the faster the track! he announced at reflection time.
This theory led onto some amazing designs for race tracks, testing their designs and using their designs in play. Over time their drawings developed from concentric circles to a spiral design.
Now it was time for the adult to suggest testing their theories outside with the large construction bricks. When making a spiral race track outside, another child said
It has a dead end … it’s like my holiday house … if we put a house there it’ll be a good end!
Alongside these outdoor experiences, we noticed the drawings taking place inside began to alter in style. Now they began to have a start and finish, more than one race track and lined with houses and people watching the events. Was there a connection to the experiences outside?
We reflected back to the work of Hundertwasser and studied his work using shapes and lines to represent buildings. The children were fascinated with drawing their home and the location of their bedroom or their belongings within this space.
We enhanced our provision with photographs of buildings from our local environment, maps and architect drawings. This led onto map-making and treasure maps with children planning how they would set up their play animals and working accurately to their plan during work time. The children created a large 2-dimensional map with roads and dead ends which over time they adapted with 3-dimensional bridges, swings and traffic lights. The whole project lasted four months and opened my eyes to how children see things.