Friday, 7 February 2014

Swapping out the tools

I got talking about play dough the other day.  We focus so much on the typical 'tools' (cutters, pizza slicers, baking trays etc.) and whilst it is best to have a good bank of these, we have very few little extras you add (e.g. feathers, lollipop sticks, glitter, beads etc.)  For the sake of this post I'll call them consumables. So, being the brave bunch we are we decided to remove a shelf of tools and add four boxes of consumables. (Googley eyes, match sticks, lollipop sticks and buttons).
The children instantly went for the new resources, and the outcomes we witnessed were far more creative.
"My birthday cake with candles."

"Pizza"

"lollipop for my birthday."


I think we focus so much on the prime area of Physical development (moving and handling especially) by thinking about fine motor control - that we forget the more expressive elements of the EYFS document.
We have chosen to move onto our sand area next and think about removing some of the basic tools we had since September and add the resources children can use to make masterpieces!

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