I had to really research to find a book that had something to do with our current monthly theme of Tools. Luckily, the movie The Secret World of Arrietty was being advertised, and I remembered the classic story of The Borrowers.
We are just beginning our journey into the mysterious world of little beings who live under the floorboards of a big old English house. As most people know, they "borrow" little things from the human "beans" who live in the house - a thimble becomes a wash basin, postage stamps become framed art, etc. I remember loving that part of the book when I first read the story - looking around with fresh eyes wondering, "What would a Borrower do with that?"
So that is the question I posed this afternoon. I had trays prepared with various items - a shell, a muffin tin liner, a small piece of clay, a slide to a microscope, a paper clip, a piece of a drinking straw - you get the idea. Children studied these items and did a sketch of a room or house of the Borrowers, demonstrating a new way to use each of them.
Later, we will write a story from the viewpoint of a Borrower, and several children are inspired to make a Borrower house from boxes. I'm excited to see where this lovely book and the children's imaginations will take us.