Immy was quietly busy in her playroom earlier this week and I peeked in to discover her creating her very own play scene – a fairy garden. She had laid out a green scarf (we keep a box of coloured scarves in the playroom) and was collecting and arranging all sort of bits and bobs to create a play scene all of her own – fake flowers, coloured fairy stones, other stones, feathers, ‘jewels’ …
…and fairies, of course!
She had even placed a piece of blue paper (re-purposed from a previous farmyard play scene) in the garden as a lake and begun to make a fairy boat. The only part we played in this creation of the whole play scene was Dad 101’s suggestion that he place some tape on the base of the boat so that her arrangement of items would stay on board as the fairies played.
The blooms with long stems make perfect fairy umbrellas because fairies can’t fly if their wings are wet! (You knew that, right?)
We keep a collection of open-ended materials in the playroom and art space and having free access to these resources provides space for a preschooler to use their imaginations and create. Open ended resources have no defined limits or restrictions in terms of their use, they literally can be used in hundreds of different ways. Consider a collection of smallish, flat stones. They could be played with as food to be cooked in a pretend kitchen, as pretend money, as scrap for diggers, as seats or stepping stones for plastic figurines, as adornment for playdough creations or sandcastles, to weigh things down so they don’t tip over, for patterning, they can be transformed with a permanent marker to become a playmate, to tell a story or to play with words, and they are a fun challenge to stack. And that is just what I can come up with late at night, off the top of my head 🙂
Simple open ended objects are cheap and easy to source and store (check out this previous post for a list of suggested materials) and are perfect for play scenes. In fact, they are perfect for all sorts of play!
Do your include collections of simple, open ended objects for your children’s play?