Material Benefits of Cars

30 July 2013 · 0 comments

in Early Years Outdoors, General Commentary, Outdoor Play, Play Resources, Urban

One of the best things about working with children is their ability to create a craze and feed off each others ideas. One class with which I work likes things that move. So trikes and bikes are popular.

Girl on Trike

Just before the children came outside, they had been building dens in the classroom with material. Naturally the material had to come outside when the children did! The den building continued which was a nice piece of skills transfer to observe.

Material everywhere

As you can see, it wasn’t long before the car became a moving den! This was much enjoyed. The child who instigated this, often has creative ideas and applications.

Who's in the car?

A chain of experimentation begins. Can the trikes get a similar treatment? This boy managed to work the Kath Kidson groundsheet into a rather fetching trike cover!

Car cover

He gave up on this ploy after a while because it did keep slipping off. All that work is tiring. So the obvious next step was to create a cosy nest in the dolly crate.

Time for sleep

The dolly crate has become quite a popular resource. I use it for transporting my loose parts from class to class. Then the crate just gets added into any play going on. As you can see in the photo below, it’s very strong and sturdy. These children are 6 years old and both fitted in, along with several bits of material for added comfort.

Dolly crate cosy car

All-in-all, the mix-n-match approach of adding materials into the bike play ended up with a lovely flow of play. Just right for a Friday afternoon after a busy week.

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