One way to immerse a child in exploring an interest is to create an interesting play scene as an invitation to play, perfect for playful learning.
I have posted before about how and why invitations to play work and you can read more in these posts;
- What Happens When You Follow A Child’s Interest?
- Emergent Curriculum: Following Children’s Interests
- Our Little World: Continued Adventures
- An Invitation to Play
- An Invitation to Play: More Adventures with Goldilocks
- An Outdoor Play Invitation
Some of the elements I consider for use when creating a play scene include;
- Interesting seedpods
- Wooden cookies or tree blocks
- Herbs or other small plants
- Grass, sprouts or plant birdseed
A Water Feature
- A small, tabletop fountain
- A tray of water
A Hint of Sparkle
- Alfoil or sparkly giftwrap or scrapbooking paper
- Foil trays (also great for holding water)
- Coloured fairy stones
- Sequinned fabric
- Pieces of colourful fabric or silky scarves
- Wooden blocks
- Fake turf
- Popsticks and matchsticks
- Small found materials like lids, buttons, small cardboard tubes, small boxes
- Plus, figurines or other toys or tools which support their interest.
Do you create play scenes for your child? What would you add to my list of playful elements?