Updates: Chicks, Loose Parts, and Sand/Water Wall
Mary Jo Huff having to do with chickens- you can get a preview of some of the music here.
I am loving how the bright colors are looking on these tires! If the weather would cooperate a little more, we would be making more progress in this department. It has been either too wet or too windy to paint them. However, that has not stopped the children from using the tires as "loose parts." (For more information and great posts on the importance of loose parts for children, please visit let the children play. Jenny has a series of posts on this very topic!)
- create obstacle courses
- improving their gross motor skills and cooperation by moving them around together
- adding pieces of wood to make bridges and ramps
- sitting in them to "float" down the lazy river (their dramatic water park play....)
- standing on them for a boost to reach the top of the sand/water wall.
- rolling them down the hill, and then back up again
- stacking them on top of each other to create a "tunnel hideout"
- trying to bury them in the sand
- creating a dinosaur land with volcanoes and raptor hideout
The sand and water wall is only in the second day of use. I am happy to report that more than half of the children have mastered the use of the wing nuts and bolts :). The window has become a tv screen, and I have seen some very creative television shows. If actual tv was that entertaining, I might opt to watch it more frequently! The children have also decided that the hole is a great opening for an outdoor puppet show. I anticipate that you will hear more about that in the future as they work out their performances.