Tzedakah Island emerged from the children's combined interests in building and boxes.
Noticing the children's interest in boxes,Morah Yachovah began offering the children more boxes and recycled materials. We set out an experience with those materials along with tape, glue, and scissors.
The children began creating houses and buildings. There were so many buildings and limited storage spacer all these creations. We discussed this problem with the children and the solution we came up with was to stack them. The buildings needed to be secured, so low-temperature glue guns were introduced.The children voted on a name for the box city and Tzedakah Island was the winner.
Next the children painted the buildings and drew doors and windows for the Morahs to cut out. Then Morah Devorah worked with the children to write and make signs for the various businesses, attraction, and locations on Tzedakah Island.
Following this, the children created the residents of Tzedakah Island out of clay and their vehicles out of boxes and lids.
Next, children made maps for Tzedakah Island by drawing roads and gluing blue cellophane for water.The class made a book. Each child made a page. The children noticed a common theme among all of their stories. Each one ended positively, so they chose the title,“Tzedakah Island, Presenting of Good.”
Some children made still-life paintings of the buildings. Finally, we added lights throughout the buildings.