Young Pioneers: Systems of Play

young pioneers systems of play (3)On Saturday we took Dylan to his newly discovered art class at MK Art Centre where the children were discovering the art of creating a play city. This time the class was upstairs in one of the studios and we were blessed with the magic of electric heaters, but unfortunately the sun was nowhere to be seen.

Anyone familiar with Milton Keynes will know that it is designed on a grid system and based on Los Angeles (can you see the similarity?) so as the foundation for the children’s city Claire had masked a grid system onto the floor for them to work around.

The class started with a look into Milton Keynes itself to familiarise the children with the layout and to inspire ideas of what to include. Then they got to work on their blueprints, where Dylan, in true Dylan style, decided that the city needed a monster trunk. a rocket (with no station) and a statue of the infinity symbol. I must mention that he likes to play with calculators and had managed to make a sum that equals infinity; apparently it is any number divided by a point symbol. He has not stopped talking about this all weekend and the class ended up as a mini maths lesson with Dylan testing the other children on what is greater ‘-infinity or -2.’

Eventually we managed to persuade him that the city needed a swimming pool, which ended up being the most logical, albeit most uninspiring, of his creations. He soon went back to the rocket he had created, but had given it a new lease of life as a Transformer arm. Not even the suggestion of building a Pret A Manger could convince him to create anything city related.

Once again though Dylan thoroughly enjoyed himself and was full of energy from start to finish. It is absolutely worth spending money in the centre’s café in order for staff to fund these free Saturday classes.

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