The second week our small but mighty group of Thursday Tinkerers arrived with one repeated question as they arrived at the shop,
We assured everyone we would release the project and dive into design as soon as we started. In our opening circle we reintroduced ourselves and took an opportunity to review our goals which the kiddoes recalled without hesitation or prompt (a good sign for weeks to come). We shared that this sessions project idea was inspired by combining Caroline's love for puppets, my own love for theater and our shared love for story telling! Then with baited breath and a finger-tapping drumroll we announced our project: A Puppet Theater
We then gave the group a solid 10 minutes to design in silence. Letting their pencils be the voice for all the ideas swimming around in their heads. Our only prompt being, " Draw what you think a puppet theater looks like. Think about if there is anything a puppet theater needs?"
Most every one went straight to drawing. Ideas spilling over every part of the page and (often onto the reverse side).
With our minds exhausted and our mouths ready to share, we regrouped to present our ideas and come up with a list of collective ideas that would inform our groups direction and help us create a master plan.
In the end it was pretty clear that our project required two major (and very different components): puppet(s) and some sort of theater.
We decided to end the day a with a challenge, "Use the shop scraps to come up with different ways to make moving parts for our puppets." This offered us an opportunity to explore the constraints of our project's main material (wood) and a chance to become more familiar with the drills.