|Play Paves the Way|
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Months of determined digging by 3 and 4 year olds armed with plastic shovels has resulted in a long gully snaking along where there used to be grass. It began with a hole dug by 4 kids in one class. Then the next class spotted it and dug a little more. The next class continued the work, and every day it gets a little longer, a little deeper - Image of Learning Project
|Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning|
|Image: Digging Patch or Play Garden from The Imagination Tree|
The Dirt on Digging Patches
- Use loose soil. You can buy this from your local nursery.
- Lighten the soil by mixing in a few bags of sand and/or mulch to make digging easier.
- Mix in approximately 1/3 sand to 2/3 soil to give you a diggable mix.
- boundaries of the digging patch can be defined with shrubs, smoothboulders, logs, planks or bricks.
- Turn over the soil regularly to prevent it from compacting.
- Adding grass clippings or sand periodically will help keep the soil workable.
You might also enjoy:
::: 7 Tips for Mud Play at Preschool
::: Dirt Patches @ Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
::: Digging Patch @ Busy Brissy Mum
::: Natural Environments Photographs @ Department of Education and Early Childhood Education
::: Making the Most of What You Have @ An Amazing Child
Remember, great nature play doesn’t need elaborate and expensive play spaces - even a limited outdoor area or a preschool on a tight budget can be enhanced for nature play. Common found or resourced natural materials can create a world of small scale wonders and magical discoveries for young children.
Do you have images of your digging patch or dirt play you would like to share?