Play Workshops with Child Development Dayhomes

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.
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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!

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!

An Invitation to Play: Exploring gravity, speed, velocity, weight, etc. We set up a provocation at our Outdoor Play workshop using pool noodles cut open lengthwise and marbles.

An Invitation to Play: Exploring gravity, speed, velocity, weight, etc. We set up a provocation at our Outdoor Play workshop using pool noodles cut open lengthwise and marbles.

Invitation to build structures with wooden blocks using photos for inspiration

Invitation to build structures with wooden blocks using photos for inspiration

Homemade light table, coloured water beads and laminated leaves

Homemade light table, coloured water beads and laminated leaves

Recycled and Natural Provocation: Milk jug lids, bamboo place mats, rocks, pinecones and magnifying glasses

Recycled and Natural Provocation: Milk jug lids, bamboo place mats, rocks, pinecones and magnifying glasses

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!

No Cook Play Dough

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!

Introducing natural playdough without tools

Introducing natural playdough without tools

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.

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.

We created paint brushes for the children using found twigs and leftover flowers and greenery from a bouquet. We tied them to the branches using small elastic bands.

We created paint brushes for the children using found twigs and leftover flowers and greenery from a bouquet. We tied them to the branches using small elastic bands.

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