A mental operation, according to Jean Piaget (a noted psychologist) is the ability to accurately imagine the consequences of something happening without it actually needing to happen.
During a mental operation, children imagine “what if” scenarios which involve the imaginal transformation of mental representations of things they have experienced in the world; people, places and things.
At four years old, children must experience new information with their senses in a three-dimensional setting.
They cannot simply see a picture of an item to fully integrate its existence, they must see it, feel it and touch it.
This is why we are constantly “doing” our projects rather than just reading a book about a particular subject.
For this activity, we made spring rolls to help celebrate the Chinese New Year!
In Chinese culture, spring rolls are a savoury treat, created with cabbage, rice paper, and other vegetable fillings.
They are usually eaten during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), hence their name.