When I was teaching, I once attended an interesting talk about a preschool project which was ‘all natural.’ For a period of about a month, everything that the children were given to play with had to come from nature and most of it the children, staff and their families collected themselves – rocks, wood, flowers, leaves, shells, sand, soil. The only thing the educators add (at appropriate times) was paper and glue – the children even made their own paints. It was amazing the learning which grew out of such a simple premise – all manner of language, art, maths and science.
So this week, I have been inspired to put more focus on the potential of natural materials in play. So far it has been a hit and Immy has had fun playing with the materials by themselves and at times adding other toys to the play too (I haven’t removed all of her toys, not quite as pure as the preschool project!) The photos below are from the first few minutes of play and I will endeavour to share more in the coming days when I will be adding other natural elements as well…
My favourite link from last week is a simple one but looks like so much fun (and honestly, aren’t simple play ideas the best after all?) Find it here.
Now it is your turn, what have you been playing this week?
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