Welcome to another OPP & the last before Christmas & for 2013. Thanks to everyone who has linked up in 2013, helped me by doing guest posts or taken the time to leave comments.
The buzz word at the moment in play is loose parts, it means so many different things to different people but here is my interpretation in an outdoor context.
|Loose parts can be plastic & natural in my opinion.|
|These are used to create a circle around the fire on Fridays but then are available to be moved about or climbed on during the week.|
|The 'start' was the large red stepping stone going towards the fence.|
When I look at photos of our playground when we first moved in, it was immaculate but too sterile. The children really needed lots of manufactured toys & resources to play with whereas now they can be spend hours playing with old saucepans, pine cones, bark chippings & sticks.
|Hours can be spent 'cooking' with these natural loose parts & the upturned Bottle Baby is seasoning!|
So as we enter a time when people spend hundreds on manufactured toys for children have a little think about how you can provide hours of fun & encourage imaginative play with lots of 'free' stuff!!
Thanks to everyone to linked up last time & lent support to the OPP, my favourite post that I am featuring from last time was from My Nearest and Dearest on having a Teddy Bears' Picnic, I like the idea of having such a fun event even in Winter as mostly these sort of things seem to only happen in the good weather.
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