After the fun of our accidental great flood on Friday, I decided to intentionally recreate it for class on Monday, so we had the exciting combination of standing water and pipe. The kids eagerly grabbed lengths of pipe, carried them to the water, intuiting that they somehow went together, but all they were coming up with on their own was to either use the pipe to splash the water or to toss it in and watch sink.
In keeping with our new strategy of a bit more adult leadership in our outdoor construction area, Isak's mom Leslie and I consulted. Our idea was to get some basic plumbing started on/in our "beach hut," and let the children take it from there. We used garden twine to lash some pipe to to one of the uprights . . .
. . . then added a large funnel to the top . . .
. . . and a valve to the bottom . . .
. . . then demonstrated how it worked by pouring a bucket of water into the funnel. The children wanted to do their own pouring so they dragged over our step ladder . . .
. . . and the fun began. They added more pipe . . .
. . . using blocks and logs to prop their contraption up . . .
. . . until it reached well into the sand pit . . .
The kids took turns filling their buckets at the water pump, while their classmates waited in the sand pit, digging channels in which the water could flow, expressing their impatience by breaking into cheerleader-like chants of "Dump it! Dump it! Dump it!"
I had to dismantle part of the rig yesterday, but reassembled it before leaving school so the kids would find it exactly as they left it. It'll be fun to see how this evolves.