Thursday, May 26, 2011

it's playtime - create your own natural playthings

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Playful Picks
I'm a sucker for using natural materials in play so this week I was drawn to the irresitible natural blocks created from tree branches over at Share & Remember

Making blocks from natural materials is a cheap and relatively simple way to add interesting and inviting open-ended materials for your child's play.   We have cut logs and stumps into tree cookies:

Live near a beach?  Driftwood can be cut, sanded and oiled to create beautiful blocks like these ones:

Even bamboo can be cut into sections to become attractive stackable props in the block area:

Do you have a favorite natural plaything?

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