Recently Alistair Bryce-Clegg made a good point in one blog post about the need to extend children's experiences especially when behaviour becomes very repetitive. Whilst the children might be perfectly happy, thank you very much, as practitioners we want to give children opportunities to use those skills and motivations in other engaging ways.
Now for any car proud readers, I need to assure you that my car was perfectly fine. I'm the sort of driver who keeps my insurance company busy. I have more dings, dents and scratches than I care to count on my car. So letting ten children clean it, really was a great starting point. It is the first time in the 2.5 years of being owned by me that the car has ever been washed.
The children shared buckets and we used the bench in the photo below to deposit cloths, brushes and other paraphernalia which wasn't being used.
I have to say that the children really did do a lovely job. The car was considerably cleaner at the end. Perhaps my only grumble was that they were mainly interested in washing the body work. No one was especially keen on cleaning the tyres and hubs.
Finally the car was given a good rub with a dry cloth to get an extra sparkle!
All-in-all this was an absorbing activity for all the children. Even the one child who chose not to get directly involved, spent a long time watching the others from the top of our nearby hill. She also came down and had a closer look for a while. That she chose to come out and see what was happening was encouraging.
So the next step on the car journey...??? Suggestions welcome!