Turning Trash into Treasure: Part 2

What fascinated me about this installation using both traditional and found materials was the artist’s way of depicting the two-dimensional world spilling out into the three-dimensional space.  Growing up in New York City, I spent many hours as a child in the Museum...

Turning Trash into Triangular Treasures – Part 1

What a wonderful idea! This “Clenoscope” can be found at a children’s park in Mumbai, India .You can throw away your unwanted trash into the “Clenoscope” and view the transformation of trash into dazzling triangular designs. I would imagine that if you were selective...

TOYS: Product vs. Process

The images below are from my workshop, “Blocks as a Learning Tool in the Early Childhood Classroom: Literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.)” held last Saturday at the Early Childhood Lab School of the University of the District of Columbia. I...

Off the Wall and Back to Basics

With all the latest Lego model kits and Lego theme packaging it is both curious and refreshing to see Lego used in this basic way. The simple Lego brick appears on a street corner. Is it a mini-art installation, a decorative touch to add contrast to the gray stone, or...

Scale and Building with Young Children

I am intrigued about the question of scale and building with young children. What happens to the play narrative when a child constructs a two foot tall building with blocks and places a one foot toy elephant next to it? Does the play narrative change when a 3 inch toy...