If someone were to ask me "What would you like to make?" I think my mind would race, then go blank and I can honestly say I would struggle to come up with an idea without needing to disappear off and search Google for hours! It's a question we often pose to children. We ask their opinions and value their ideas.
Over the past two weeks a group of children were given the challenge of thinking and researching something they'd like to create: plan it, marking making and talking through their ideas, resourcing themselves, problem solving and taking the lead in their project. The creations the children decided to make were a bag, a doll, a castle, a doll's house, a rocket and a racing car. The sensitive adult was available to support thinking but insisted they worked on the process independently (or with peer support). What resulted was six very different projects, very different processes, very different learning journeys and six very different creations.
The resulting outcomes and dispositions the project fostered were very similar though: independence, communication, resilience, collaboration, risk taking, problem solving, perseverance, confidence, pride, joy and relief!
The creations have been displayed, shared and now have gone home to enjoy with families (and I still have not come up with a definitive answer for what I would like to make!)