Monday, June 27, 2011

loose parts in the playground = hours of self directed play

Having a wide variety of loose materials on hand outdoors for children to do with what they please fosters rich, self-directed play

But don't just take my word for it - have a look at the launching pads for tyres our kids have been creating:

They started out by rolling the tyres down a small slope. 

And then added that extra bit of height using the slide to really allow the tyres to pick up speed:

There was lots of tweaking and experimenting with ways to get the ramp just right:

The best part about this play?  They didn't need us teachers at all. 

It blows my mind what three and four year olds can achieve - on their own - when they have the time and opportunity to become fluent in the materials at hand. 

The open-ended nature of loose materials in the playground provide endless possibilities for creating, investigating, experimenting, persisting and problem solving as children work together to make their own play space - and then take it all apart and start again.   

And again, don't take my word for it.  Have a look at the amazing play spaces created by very young children in preschools around the globe using loose materials:
Why we Love Loose Parts ::: Play Paves the Way

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