Today we have Lynn joining us sharing an Elevated Play Space she has created for her setting.
Lynn has been providing simulating, fun day care to a small group of children of mixed ages for 14 years both in Family Day Care and in a Long Day Care centre.
We welcome Lynn to Learning and Exploring Through Play.
The power of an observation.
Have you ever watched a child's actions when there's something hanging from the roof or from a wall?
Have you observed their need to touch it, push it, swing it, or twirl it?
I have been busy creating several different elevated play spaces for investigation over the coming weeks. This form of hands on learning promotes inquiry and critical thinking.
I began with a Rainforest set up. Using a black sheet as the backdrop I had previously purchased a Rainforest picture, which was perfect for this activity.
Using a thick log I drilled holes either side and added hooks. I used the hooks to attach some string and suspended it safely and securely up above.
Using a hot glue gun I added various items to bring the Rainforest alive. I tried to leave as much as possible just placed on the log to allow the children to create and have the freedom of moving the pieces about.
I added a variety of leaves, tall grass, mushrooms, moss and ivy. I also made a selection of frogs and snakes available for the play session.
Below the elevated play station was a blanket of artificial grass, a tree stump to sit on, sticks and books to read. This really added to the space.
Some of the children who enjoy reading were attracted to books below to begin with. They sat and read quietly to themselves before engaging in imaginative play.
Elevated play set ups make a great addition to reading corners. If you are focusing on a certain book you can create your elevated play space to fit the theme of the story.
You could also consider playing some background music. They do some interesting Nature sounds that would add to the invitation to play. Music such as rain, waves, birds, or simply some calming meditation music.
The children really enjoyed this twist and it was great to watch them play so imaginatively!
I look forward to seeing how they enjoy the play set ups I will be introducing over the coming weeks. If you too would like to see the different set ups I introduce head on over and like our Facebook.
Thank you for joining us Lyn, we love your elevated play set up and we look forward to seeing the others you create!