Tuesday, July 19, 2011

set the stage for imaginative play outdoors

Create a simple blank canvas or set the stage for imaginative play outdoors by making a border using stones, logs or pieces of wood and filing it with bark mulch.

What is one day a world for dinosaurs can become a fairy garden the next; a building site for little trucks or a zoo.

Have some baskets of 'loose materials' handy for the children to use in their play. 

You might remember that we created another space for outdoor imaginative play by growing grass in tyres:

Teacher Tom's recent post about fences got me thinking that this type of garden edging would work really well to section of spaces outdoors for imaginative play (or for so many other things I'm sure the kids would think of!):

Sherry and Donna from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning created a space for imaginative play outdoors in a wheelbarrow:

Karen from Flights of Whimsy created a space for imaginative play outdoors using an old trough:

And I can't resist sharing again this fabulous set up from Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery:

You don't need to spend loads of money - all of these were created from things already lying around the place - and you will rewarded with kids happily engaged in imaginative play outdoors.

1 comment:

  1. This is the coolest of the cool ideas for teaching and imaginative play I have ever seen! I love it! I want to use it for my elementary art classes! Thank you so much!