The little Reception learners of Sunnyside School are very fortunate little learners indeed. They have access to a wonderful array of equipment and materials which they are free to explore everyday.
However........this afternoon, they turned their backs on it all, every bit of it, everything from their beloved Lego bricks to the much coveted princess dress up garb. As equipment lay undisturbed in drawers and cupboards, and the dressing up rail looked unrecognisable in it's neat and tidy state, in a quiet corner of the setting, those excited and positively buzzing little learners were busy trying to organise themselves into something that resembled a line.
Following an initial flurry of elbowing and jostling for position, as well as plenty of, "I was there first!" and "Hey!....stop pushing in", the little learners actually managed to sort themselves into a reasonably orderly line.
So it begs the question, what was it that had galvanised two classes of excited Reception learners to form a queue that seemed to stretch the entire length of the setting?
Could it have been that Father Christmas was waiting to greet them in an out of season visit to Sunnyside School? Had Mrs Very Jolly decided to dish out bowls of delicious jelly and ice cream to everyone..............for some inexplicable reason? Or did all the Sunnyside learners suddenly have a need for the toilet at the same time?
Well....no! The actual reason for the little learners' need to form a queue was..............a cardboard box!
Yes....a cardboard box! A big one mind you. Big enough to crawl inside and have a sit for a minute or two. And that's exactly what those little learners were standing patiently in line to do.......crawl inside and have a sit for a minute or two!
So, with the aid of a three minute sand timer, little learners took turns to spend three minutes each inside the large empty cardboard box. However in that time that very same cardboard box became, a pirate ship, a hovercraft, a dog kennel, a space rocket, Rapunzel's castle, a police car, The Three Little Pigs house, a tank, a one man tent, a racing car, a fire engine and.............Butlins holiday camp!
Ah! The wonders and power of the imagination. It was Albert Einstein who said "Imagination is more important than knowledge." And anyone who can imagine themselves at Butlins holiday camp, whilst sitting for three minutes in a cardboard box, is a creative genius in the eyes of the Sunnyside Team.
Happy half term everyone.......see you soon!
Here we are in a queue
For something that we wanna do.
We're standing in this lengthy line,
Because we wanna spend some time
In a box tall and wide,
And we can't wait to crawl inside.
But we need to take our turn,
(A tricky thing for us to learn.)
Yes, sharing is what it's all about,