Some of the things included in the grant were storage containers (essential for library centers but not that exciting). But what was exciting was two of the new creative building kits I got. We got a marble run set (where students can create marble runs and use gravity to make the marble go down) and we got a magnatiles set (magnetic colorful translucent shapes that students can build with). They have been a huge hit this week! I thought that some of the older grades might think these creative building kits were "too young" but if you see in the pictures featured on today's post. These are all 5th graders (many of them GT 5th graders) have a blast with these two activities.
Seeing things like this in the library is why I LOVE my job, and why I am so thrilled about how the library centers have worked out this year. Honestly I think it is the single best change I have made to the library is the library centers. The centers show me how much students can truly be learning through what looks like "play" and how even in elementary school we are making their academic careers so "rigorous" sometimes they just need to step back and learn through play. I am so happy I can provide that creative and engaging learning play space in the library.