The very first thing a group of preschoolers will do when they are allowed to play with wooden blocks is to throw them randomly on the floor, creating a big mess. My first impulse as their teacher would be to help them organize their chaos. Luckily for me I paused to observe their process and was taught a valuable lesson.
First, you hear the tumbling blocks hit the floor, soon, their imagination would kick-in, working together the children organize the wooden blocks into imaginary roads. Next, buildings began to appear and make believe cars would be driving through their imaginary city.
Proudly I would hear: “Teacher look!!” The children would point to skyscrapers touching the sky, vehicles traveling down city roads and pedestrians carefully crossing the streets.
Almost everything worth doing begins with a mess. A mess of ideas, a pile parts, a cupboard full of ingredients. With enough time and patient, the “mess” will begin to send you messages; ideas will start to connect and the next you know the mayhem will turn into a maybe; the maybes will give way to possibilities and ultimately your power of creation will turn it all into to the possible. It’s time to make a mess!