After the interest in our indoor natural play materials which I shared as part of last week’s We Play, I thought I would share some of the play which I have observed and at times shared in during the last week. All of these have been spontaneous and predominately toddler initiated…
:: Lots of sorting – by type, by colour, by size
:: Lots of use of a new word, ‘pattern,’ whilst playing with the materials
:: Using the smaller pieces to make faces, with the large flat tree blocks as a base
:: Experimenting with sound – tapping rocks or tree blocks together as musical instruments and drumming with tree blocks
:: Competitions to see who can build the tallest tower with our tree blocks and who can stack the most flat stones
:: More playdough and natural material creations
:: Our animal figurines and little people have regularly come to play – with a camel and tiger seen here playing on the seesaw at the ‘park.’ They have enjoyed picnicking on seed pods, kicking seed pod balls and sheltering from rain under the ‘trees.’
:: ‘Cooking’ with rock eggs and seed pods. I am looking for a copy of the story Stone Soup to extend this play in coming weeks.
:: And just this evening, Immy has come to me with some shells we have added to our materials, using them as coins to pay for her trolley full of shopping.
The natural materials have been easily assimilated into Immy’s every day play. I have plans to add to the collection of materials and will keep you updated of any changes, additions and new experiences.
Quite a few readers have inquired about our wooden tree blocks. This set was purchased (in Australia) from Honeybee Toys (if you do purchase a set, please tell them Childhood 101 sent you). I personally think they are fantastic blocks and we intend to add to our collection soon as we have recently felled some trees in our backyard (some type of conifer/pine which we have chopped down to make way for some more useful fruit trees) – I just need to get Dad 101 busy with the saw!
I would love to hear your ideas of natural materials you have successfully added to your play space.