Autumn treats

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Autumn has well and truly arrived, bringing with it lots of lovely loose materials for children to play and create with.  Here are some great ideas for activities and games you can play with the children.   The best way to start is to get outside and collect the resources together, as that is an adventure in itself!

If your outside area is more concrete jungle than a green one, why don’t you bring large bags with you to collect leaves and bring them back to your setting?  I have done this in the past, much to the delight of the children.  It kept them engaged and entertained for hours and provided a starting point for many activities and interests.

Lunchtime….the least considered part of the school day!

Lunchtime….the least considered part of the school day!

 Mumsnet

Interesting debate on MUMSNET recently about play restrictions at lunchtime. Unfortunately there is truth in most of the comments, particularly the predominance of football, which banishes girls to the playground periphery and also the sad demise of many a playground game.  Of course health and safety issues need to be addressed but nothing is solved by an outright ban of children’s play.

Using natural materials outside

IMG_0254Using natural materials outside

I had a great day working with some school direct students today.  I challenged them to make something for mother’s day with natural materials which they had to collect from outside.   It never ceases to amaze me how everyone produces something so entirely different…….and that’s exactly why I love working with loose materials. Whether natural or man-made they are so flexible, offer so many opportunities and different ways of working…. in 2 and 3d.

Look at how students from a previous course arrange leaves on a skewer!  There are so many ways in which you can challenge children with just this one activity. You can challenge them to make a repeating pattern, order leaves from large to small/small to large or order them by shades of colour – light to dark or vice versa. These are just a few, there are many, many more.