Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stonehenge

We are still spending time (virtually, of course) in the United Kingdom. One of the “famous things” that we are talking about is Stonehenge. Stonehenge (Places of Old) was a good introduction for new readers (well, not entirely new, but probably 2nd grade at most). We also watched some clips on YouTube on Stonehenge. Nothing was too spectacular, but daughter seemed interested. I asked her what she would do to build her own Stonehenge, and she chose blocks. She had a pretty good idea on June1_Stonehenge1what to use for smaller bluestone circle  and for larger sarsen stone circle. But she was more fascinated with the sentence in the book that said that we really don’t know for sure why Stonehenge was built. Once she built it, however, she came up with her own idea – she declared it to be a hospital with a doctor’s office in the middle. She demanded access to her Playmobil sets (they were out of rotation) and quickly set up her doctor June1_Stonehenge2 office. The doctor was soon busy inspecting the patients – these game lasted for about 3 hours straight. Anna has asked to keep Stonehenge for now – her new favorite game is to see if she can stand on one foot inside of the small circle without losing her balance. Needless to say, it was already rebuilt multiple times. In fact, it has also been expanded to make the bluestone circle a bit bigger :)

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9 comments:

Kelly said...

I love her imaginary play! We visited Stonehenge once when I was little. I'll date myself here, but it wasn't roped off at the time and I remember running and playing among the stones.
Little Wonders' Days

Christy said...

Stonehenge is so fascinating; I hope to see it in person someday.

I love Anna's imagination.

MaryAnne said...

What a wonderful expansion of a geography lesson into fun and games!

Stonehenge is pretty amazing, and so is Anna's ability to come up with imaginative play settings and challenge herself =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The doctor's office idea sounds about as good as anything else I've heard. And, balancing in the center on one foot is brilliant! There's a model Stonehenge in Washington along the Columbia, that was built as a WWI memorial.
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/wa-stonehenge.html

Debbie said...

Learn something new everyday...I think we are going to have to take a trip to see the replica of Stonehenge, which I didn't even know existed in WA. Love Anna's idea of the hospital.

Ticia said...

I'd love to go visit Stone Henge!

What great games she comes up with.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

Anna did a great job building her own Stonehenge! I love the fun she came up with all on her own :) Kids' imaginations are the best!

The girl who painted trees said...

What a great hands on learning experience.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

This is wonderful Natalie!

Hanna LOVED Anna's Stonehenge!!