Thanks to a cut down tree and the sawing expertise of my colleague's husband, we are now in possession of some new tree cookies (also known as tree biscuits or tree disks).
Tree cookies would have to be one of the most useful nature resources for a preschool (and they cost nothing!)
They can be stacked:
They can be carted:
They can be stepping stones across a mud patch:
They can be painted:
They can be used to build and create:
They can be a seating circle for a tea party:
They can be perched on top of a stump to create a table or play surface:
They can be used indoors in the block corner:
Or to create scenes for imaginative play:
Over time tree cookies can crack and show signs of drying stresses, but they continue to be useful loose parts:
So spread the word around your preschool families: the next time someone cuts down a tree put your order in for some tree cookies!