Yesterday we had our friends over for a very fun day.
Part of Mediated Learning is adapting to change and learning that failure and mistakes are a normal part of the learning process.
So we decided to spend a whole day trying to make as many mistakes as possible. And the results were fun!
We started things off by gathering the kids and asking questions about mistakes. How they felt about them, what mistakes they had made, what they learned about from them.
We talked a little bit about how God can help us in our mistakes and how He can turn all things for good.
Then our friend E told us all about some inventions that were made by accident.
Post-it notes were a fun one to talk about.
ACCIDENTAL INVENTIONS! This was a cheer we said many times throughout the day.
Then we decided to get busy and see if we couldn't make some serious mistakes in the area of spelling.
The kids had a lot of fun tryng to unwrap the ways they would normally and properly spell words. They got the hang of it though. Our friend 'E' spelled boat as bote.
A new word is born. A great little talk on why accuracy is important came out of this as well as the etymology of certain words and how new words are created all the time. Some of them by mistake!
We got down to the business of seeing what kind of mistakes we could make with food. We explained how the potato chip was born by mistake. It was a chef's desire to annoy the patron who kept sending his potatoes back. Instead, the patron loved these and they became a sensation.
We wanted to see if we couldn't make the same kind of mistakes in our kitchen.
We carefully (and not-so carefully!) recorded what each child put in their recipe. We wanted a record of it in case it was a beautiful mistake. Much like the chocolate chip cookie was a wonderful mistake!
We got out a few ingredients and gave everyone the option of putting as much as a cup (the size of the yellow and green ones there) could hold of any ingredients we wanted. There was no recipe, only imagination. It was tempting to stop the kids hands when they loaded a batch of batter with ginger but we wanted them to learn from their mistakes.
My daughter loaded hers with a bit to much salt. She came up with some creative solutions before giving her batter approval.
We had a first batch. And at the first bite it was ok, but we discovered a lingering after taste that no one like. We spit that cookie out and the inventor did too! "I won't make that mistake again!"
My daughter's compensation for too much salt and her odd mixture of batter created what we called "golden cookie taffy". We all wanted the recipe for this one...alas, we didn't write down everything. We'll have to try and re-create it!
Then outdoor play while the moms did a quick wash of the dishes and a sigh of relief. We also took out the cake that had too much ginger. And after tasting we decided that not even there dog would like this one! A lesson learned!
Snack time! Where we ate a whole bunch of mistakes that were created by accident! (Well, except the oranges. We had to get some fruit in there!)
Can we play Blokus in a wrong way? Is there a wrong way to play Blokus? What can we create when we play Blokus differently?
A roll in the mud. A mistake the mom here did not fully appreciate but accepted as a childhood neccessity.
And at the end we were given a parting gift!
A great day had by all.
You should try a day full of mistakes. It's a little hard to get your head around at first but you'd be amazed what you can learn and create.
3 cheers for ACCIDENTAL INVENTIONS!