Following from the Mud Kitchen idea, this was another of those outdoor playtime especially good to occupy them during rainy days outside my corridor.
I always wonder at the creative exploration by kids. Give them Anything and they’ll come up with Something! My Pink Pot was used as a soil sprinkler.
They just love anything with holes to play with! As they played with the funnel, I asked them why does the soil fall faster from one object and slower from the other? Why are the pebbles not able to fall through? To which J replied because of the holes. I had to prod further what about the holes? Then he mentioned about sizes.
This was an accidental discovery. The soil had covered the bright pink mat and I brought their attention to the ‘marks’ made when the soil was scraped away. They then explored the etchings further with different materials and found the shell most effective in giving a clear mark.
I find that as I expose them to such Nature Play, they begin to be gradually more tuned to nature. It is hard to imagine that my kids didn’t like to touch the grass and not to mention the soil. We were pretty City bred until I began to relearn the art of appreciating nature.
Hope that you can find such playtime an opportunity for meaningful learning and growing as well as great fun!