The children built a tunnel:
|The tires kept either falling or rolling, so one brilliant child decided to use the tires as a prop to support the tunnel.|
|Look at how they formed a line, and took turns with little help!|
|Tires are the perfect size for little bodies to squeeze through.|
|Tires are a perfect way to test balance. Each tire is a slightly different size...so each tire provides another problem to solve.|
They also have used the tires to roll around, sit in, and build "houses" (by stacking two or three tires on top of each other).
I wish I could say that the tires have created an enthusiastic response among fellow teachers and even some parents. I understand the concerns...
- Tires are dirty. (We did wash them within the first few weeks of having them...I took pictures with another teacher's camera, and still don't have them to post! I will email her for them, because that was a great morning!)
- Empty tires are a great spot for spiders and snakes to hide in. I proposed that we use them for gardening.
- In the Arizona summer, these babies will be off-limits! With temps that reach 110 degrees, black tires are not the best idea. That's okay. We can put them away during our hot months, and bring them out in cooler temperatures!
- And then, there's licensing...We can't keep the tires within 6 feet of a wall or any other play structure. If we keep them near a fence, the fence has to be 4 and 1/2 feet higher than the tire (ours is 4 and 1/2 ft tall exactly).
I do know this: If no one else wants them, I will use them ALL. Also, the tires support physical as well as socioemotional growth and development. Big muscles are being used, and there is problem solving happening!
I will keep using them, until instructed not to. Stay tuned!
Happy playing! :)