Monday, July 28, 2014

These are a few of my favourite (found) things, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of "These are a few of my favourite (found) things."  If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens....and wooden crates and milk crates.  Well, maybe Julie Andrews wouldn't sing about them, but they certainly come in handy when creating play spaces in early childhood settings.

1.  Wooden Crates

You can make shelves:

Or tables:

Or even a mud pie kitchen:

Wooden crates are always handy storage options:

2.  Milk Crates

What milk crates lack in the rustic factor, they make up for in versatility.  

You can build with them, or use them for storing loose parts outdoors:

 Join them together to become an upcycled storage unit to hold the sandpit resources:

Light in weight, children can carry and cart milk crates and use them in their play:

Their slotted sides come in handy for creating intriguing water play arrangements:

You can sail away in them:

Or use them to hold up your mud pie kitchen:

So tell me, what are your favourite (found) things?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

These are a few of my Favourite (found) Things

You won't find them in the toy catalogue, and they won't break the budget.  These are a few of my favourite resources for early childhood settings:

1.  Tyres

You can cover them:

You can create worlds of imagination:

You can build with them:

You can create obstacle courses:

You can grow grass in them:

You can make cubbies in them:

They can define a play space:

You can sit on them:

2.  Wooden Reels

You can use them in obstacle courses:

 Or tables:

Or to display art materials:

3.  Lengths of material; sheets; mosquito nets

Ideal for making those child sized spaces and hiding places:

 Credit:  Stomping in the Mud

Over to you.  What are your favourite found or second hand resources?  If you'd like to share, PM your images on the Let the Children Play Facebook page.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What can you do with Bamboo?

Walking past the rather extensive (and cheap) bamboo collection at Bunnings recently, I started to think:  What can we do with bamboo?

Here are some ideas:

1.  Bamboo Guttering for water play:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Greening the Man Made Outdoors Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of "Greening the Man-Made Outdoors".  If you missed Part 1, you can get up to speed by clicking here.

Let's get right down to it:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Greening the Man-Made Outdoors, Part 1

Getting your Green On

It is easy for those of us who work in early childhood settings with natural play spaces to advocate for children's right to play in natural surroundings.  

For many of us, the reality is more likely to be a play space dominated by soft fall and/or fake grass, surrounded by 4 walls or ugly fencing and barely a tree in sight.

This doesn't mean that the educators in these centres aren't aware of the many benefits of nature to everyone who uses the space.  

What it does mean is that they need to work a little bit harder, think a bit more creatively and engage the team, children and families in a vision of creating a greener outdoor space that offers children the opportunity to develop connections with the natural world and experience the outdoors as a place of wonder and possibility - usually on a very limited budget.