“Discovering and exploring the use of natural materials through play has been enhanced at Gingham Pre-School. The children have demonstrated a keen interest and engagement in their ‘Dinosaur Land’, which was created by all the children, collecting natural resources from the outdoor environment. The children have created ideas including dens for the dinosaurs, as well as pretending to plant the leaves to “grow extra, extra big!”.
The children have used their Sustained Shared Thinking Skills to work together, give ideas and elaborate on their play to create and construct imaginatively with the wooden bricks “We made a theatre for all the shows”.
In the role play areas, the use of open ended resources has allowed opportunity for the children to use and develop their imaginative skills, using real food, pots and pans to pretend to create and invent. The children have used their senses to explore such as smelling and tasting! “This lemon smells beautiful and fresh”.
Other activities have including using playdough with sets of resources such as pasta, small wooden pegs and sequins.”
Lucy Stanley – Manager