” Unstructured play is play without predetermined rules of the game. There are no organized teams, uniforms, coaches or trainers. It is spontaneous, often made-up on the spot, and changeable as the day goes on. It is the kind of play you see when puppies chase each other around a yard in endless circles or a group of kids play for hours in a fort they created out of old packing boxes.
Unstructured play is fun—no question about it—but research also tells us that it is critically important for the development of children’s bodies and brains.”
Days like today are great for unstructured play time. It was raining outside and we could not go to the outdoor classroom. What we saw happen was indicative of every research there is out there. Children began to dig deeper and explore materials that they have not touched in the past three days.
They found the glue !! 😳😳😳😳. 🤷🏻♀️
They started building structures with the blocks. We hadnt seen that yet either.
They took puzzles off the shelves.
They painted more pictures at the easel.
They used the pasta maker in the Playdoh area.
They slowed down long enough to practice fine motor skills with beading.