We’ve been chatting over on NurtureStore’s Facebook page recently about free play with loose parts. I know many of you are working to include more and more bits-and-bobs and open-ended resources in your play spaces, and switching from plastic and commercial toys to more natural materials. So today I’m talking about why I love to encourage lots of free play in our home, and I have a super, printable list of loose parts you might like to try out.
Do your children like to create and play with small worlds? My girls always have one or two landscapes on the go at any one time. Today B made a fairy garden in the sand pit which she declared ‘the sweetest thing I’ve ever made’ – so I had to show it to you. It’s lovely, and also a good reminder that the simplest of ‘loose parts’ and a child’s imagination can combine to create great things.
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This flower craft for kids comes in four designs, making a beautiful mixed bouquet. It’s made from simple craft supplies, is easy to make, and lovey to give as a gift of have as a decoration to celebrate spring. Here’s how to make each type of flower.
Gardening with kids gives them so many opportunities to learn things. There are obvious subject areas such as science and nature studies of course, but there are also life lessons to be learnt. What you grow can teach a lot about your attitude to life – to creativity and challenge and risk taking! Here’s why in amongst the carrots and onions we always grow a wild card.
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