Category Archives: imagination

Outdoor Play: Springtime

Springtime in Seattle is as unpredictable as springtime in the UK.  Today we have glorious sunshine, yesterday we played in the ice and frost and a week ago we were playing in the rain. Whatever the weather the girls are drawn … Continue reading

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Water Play in the Rain

Once children are helped to perceive themselves as authors or inventors, once they are helped to discover the pleasure of enquiry, their motivation and interest explode.  – Loris Malaguzzi. We’ve had a few rainy days so I decided to leave … Continue reading

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Ideas for Learning Environments Inspired by Children’s Museum of Tacoma

I’d never heard of a Children’s Museum before I moved here but as I entered the door I was greeted by a little bit of play heaven. I think I was more excited than the girls.  My 9 -year-old remarked … Continue reading

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Preschool ‘Art’- Process Versus Product

What is Children’s Art? As adults, artists are generally referred to in terms of the product they create - painters, sculptors, musicians or dancers. When we create ‘art’ we might think about what we are going draw or make before we begin. When … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play – Icy Discoveries on a Cold and Frosty Morning

I used to love frosty days when I was a kid because we could pretend to ice skate to school or breathe like a dragon.  The same sense of wonder came over my girls when they looked out on a … Continue reading

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Shadow Play

Shadows provide extraordinary educational opportunities.  Not only do they raise a spontaneous curiosity in the child, stimulating his imagination and exercising his emerging intellectual abilities but they are also omnipresent (even more than sand, stones, water or “pencil and paper”, because … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play: Nature Faces

I’ve got an idea Mummy. How about we get the plates we use for barbecues, collect lots of things from around the garden like leaves and sticks and stuff and make people. Great idea. You could use things from the loose … Continue reading

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Why Clay is an Essential Material for Pre-Schools

When I taught at nursery school, clay was readily available to the children on a daily basis. I’ve seen very few pre-schools since that use clay daily.  Most settings use dough, but why not clay? It may be that it is … Continue reading

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Painting with Feathers: Ideas for Teaching Literacy through Play

On the way home from school we were talking about quills. My Harry Potter obsessed 9-year- old had made a quill by putting a biro refill into a feather. My four-year old asked Do we have any ink? No but we … Continue reading

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Outdoor Play: When They Would Rather Play with Sticks and Stones (The Theory of Loose Parts)

I laughed to myself as I watched my 2-year-old playing in the borders, hiding a stick in the bushes and drawing in the dirt.  A few feet away was a very expensive sensory playground with musical instruments, water features and a little … Continue reading

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