Our dramatic play is an igloo. To give the children a new building experience, I covered boxes in white paper in order for them to build their own “igloo”. Today, they worked together to construct a wall stretching across the room and boxing them inside the dramatic play area. “What a lovely wall that you built,” I started to say. The words left an “ick” feeling in my gut. I wanted to ask them to build something else, to build something that didn’t feel so ugly. But, I didn’t. They had cooperated with each other to build it, and to be honest, it looked great! They had worked hard. So, I watched them to see where this would go.
I’m glad that I did. Whenever anyone wished to enter the area, the wall magically opened. It was inclusive to all. It made my heart happy. Children are amazing.
I wish that adults would follow suit.