Thursday, 14 July 2011
Outdoor block play - what I see....
I wanted to write a post about our large outdoor blocks - another wonderful investment from Community Playthings, and as I explained in a previous post one of the best investments we ever made. I take loads of photos every year - it is the main way of showing evidence of learning with this age group. As I looked back over 4 years of photos looking for outdoor block play I began to notice something - how our outdoor area has developed over the past 4 years. Initially the space looks pristine, the blocks are so clean, the ground is looking so new, the space is very open, but as time moves on things begin to look more 'lived in'.
We have added more structures - seats, logs, 3 willow houses, a large sand pit and an outdoor house corner. As the place looks shabbier and shabbier I like to think that it is also a busier, more productive learning space.
I have learned to allow the children to move the blocks (and other equipment) around the space, we have become less precious about things having a set place - we do, however still treat the blocks with respect. I wonder if anyone else can see the changes that have occurred in our playground in the last 4 years?
Posted by Kierna C at Thursday, July 14, 2011