Natural materials for light table...contact paper and masking tape

Natural materials for light table using clear contact paper and masking tape : For outdoor activity, we collect natural materials with children. For indoor activity, using light table, children can observe natural materials.

The Theory of "Loose Parts" :  loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.

Loose Parts play: Did you know that studies indicate that children actually prefer to play with stones, bricks, stumps, sand and other natural materials, rather than with carefully designed (by adults) playground equipment?

expanded discovery box collections as art materials

expanded discovery box collections as art materials. I feel like a divided box like this could be good for the rocks and driftwood

Tapestry table...

Tapestry Table-large, blunt tapestry needles and yarn to create designs. This is a perfect way to have a stable canvas for such art--replacing the top of a coffee table with burlap.

Learn with Play at home: An Invitation to Play and Learn with Numbers and Natural Materials

An Invitation to Play and Learn with Numbers and Natural Materials

Learn with Play at home: An Invitation to Play and Learn with Numbers and Natural Materials. The simpler play based activities here will encourage maths language for Preschoolers.

Natural and heuristic play

How to make a sensory treasure basket for baby. Kids get bored with plastic baby toys Heuristic Play Part I - The Treasure Basket

Article about heuristic play with loads more ideas for baby treasure baskets

I like the way these treasure baskets are materials focused. Helps the child to compare and contrast objects Treasure Baskets - put little collections in baskets.

A Week of Playdough: How will the play evolve? Inspired by something I read lately, I've put out a week-long playdough provocation for the children along with a range of different natural materials for imprinting, design, construction and pretend play.

A Week of Playdough: A week long Reggio-inspired playdough provocation

A Week of Playdough: How will the play evolve? A week-long playdough provocation with a range of different natural materials for imprinting, design, construction and pretend play [from An Everyday Story] - great reggio

Individual sand trays and beautiful natural materials at Bing Nursery School

Lovely classroom sand tray provocation at The Bing Institute at Bing Nursery School, Stanford University (",)


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