Here is an inside look at our play workshops! Check out ideas for provocations, messy play, art, recipes and more! Many of our ideas have come from Pinterest and we have added a twist or discovered something new from an original Pinner.
We re-created a wind tunnel we saw during a staff trip to Boulder Journey School. To provoke children's thinking and problem solving, we provide materials which float easily as well as materials that don't. The children enjoy watching the materials float to the top and out, some hover (such as cut sponge pieces) and some don't float at all (styrofoam balls). One of the children was able to make the balls float by wrapping them in a plastic grocery bag. Critical thinking at it's finest!
This is the playdough we made for our play workshop. Instead of using food colouring or kool-aid we used Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. It added subtle colour and amazing scent to the play dough! Click the link for this easy playdough recipe I used to whip up 3 batches in under 10 minutes!
Child Dev. Dayhomes: We set up a provocation using recycled egg cartons, pom-poms, child-size tongs and wooden clothes pins to see how the children would engage with the materials. The children used the tongs and clothes pins to pick up the pom-poms, organizing them by colour, making patterns, labelling colours and developing their fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills! We displayed open-ended questions around the activity for the educators to engage in conversation.