Loose parts are real objects/ ordinary things that can be used or manipulated in different ways. Adding loose parts to the play dough play will enrich and expand the children’s creativity, improve their fine motor skills along with hand eye co ordination and problem solving.
After helping to make the play dough. The children explored the different objects and discovered different ways they could use them.
Their play evolved from sticking the feathers into the play dough to make birds, to stuffing the play dough into the pots and adding some lolly sticks and dolly pegs to create a rocket ship. We then incorporated some counting into the play. Counting forward to 10 and backwards from 10 as our rockets blasted off into space.
Our children really enjoyed the story of Rapunzel and wanted to make a Rapunzel castle.
The children quickly got to work selecting their materials and paint to creating their castle.
The children decided to use the big rollers and brushes. We even explored the paint with their hands.
Once the castle walls were up it was time to furnish the inside.
They brought in logs to sit on, card for carpet and a door.
“This is the door”
”we need a carpet”
The children’s story continued to evolve all afternoon. They had great fun sharing their creativity and imagination.
“This is the bed”
“This can be the kitchen”
Along with being fun, using imagination in their play improves their creativity and promotes communication and language, develops social skills while collaborating with others, allows the children time to explore, to process and to make sense of real life situations.
Today we have been measuring the water that melted from the ice in our garden. Which the children had coloured with the powder paint
The children all had different sized containers. Which we discussed which one we thought was the biggest, smallest and the medium sized. The children then measured how many cups in took to fill their container.