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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by bossyhill, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. We have been asked by an EY specialist to provide children with interesting independent activities using more unusual materials to stimulate them. Our topic is shopping and money- any bright ideas? Please and thank you!
     
  2. We have been asked by an EY specialist to provide children with interesting independent activities using more unusual materials to stimulate them. Our topic is shopping and money- any bright ideas? Please and thank you!
     
  3. Why not set up some dry collage things for them to use, skeleton leaves, fir cones and that sort of stuff, they can take a photo and then put the things away. I am aiming to try some of this this term, just so much to do! How about using coins to fit in with money and shopping.
    Cutting food/ shopping things out of catalogues?
     
  4. cinderella1

    cinderella1 New commenter

    Remember not everything has to link to your topic, you can have areas to encourage curiosty and investigation that don't.

    Some of the things we have out in KUD area are:
    magnets and a variety of man made and natural objects for children to explore

    natural objects from under the ocean, from the beach

    natural objects from the dry land, vareity of bulbs, different soils, sands........

    vareity of wooden fruit from African countries, I got these for a pound from TK Max.

    unusual musical instruments from different countries

    bark, and other vareitys of fallen wood, ask parents to look out for a fallen birds nest.

    concave mirrors etc...
    goggle treasure baskets.......... you can make a few and these can then be put into your area for exploring
     
  5. Could you make your home corner into a garden centre, hence getting unusual things in this way?
     
  6. as above what about a craft shop? lots of resources as mentioned plus writing/drawing things and lots of types of paper, great writing ops advertising craft shows/workshops/wanted ads etc and you can put any kind of junk in. It could be a junk shop infact. I read somewhere about a 'theory of loose parts' (Could be by a Fraser Brown?)where the more bits of junk kids have to play with the more creative they become and that has always been my experience. An old sunflower head kept quite a few of my reception busy all afternoon, deseeding and pulling to bits to see how it was made. the while thing sounds quite exciting and if the weather improves you could have an outside craft area too for sculpture/model making. Great for mothers day ideas too. Good luck!
     
  7. whole not while!!typing too fast.
     
  8. Any deconstruction. We call it the 'tinkering table'. Get ina couple of old computers, dvd players, etc to pull apart
    Our old computer was a winner and the kids cheered when one part which stubbornly refused to be unscrewed miraculously came out.
     
  9. fantastic ideas thank you so much!
     
  10. Hi,
    just thinking about starting a tinkering table, any advice??
     
  11. upsadaisy

    upsadaisy New commenter

    Try seeing if your local area has a wrap or recycling project. Great places to find interesting odd bits.
     
  12. I have just bought a wonderful blow torch I saw in the charity shop it is brass with levers etc and I am going to put it on the coffee table by our talk sofa!
     
  13. Ive asked parents and staff for unwanted old coins from different countries. Great opportunities for looking at numbers on the coins, pictures and language. Just an idea.

     
  14. love that idea- my kids would have a field day! Thanks
     

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