Today the children were playing with the boards in the front yard. That’s not unusual. My neighbor has changed her desk so she looks straight out the window. She texted me “ I spy with my little eye a little boy with a board. “ Next text was “ it’s on the front lawn now.” My text back was – Yes, I have a whole box full of them that they play with. Sometimes gets a little risky, but I’m right here on the porch and can see them.😂 it’s called loose parts play. You’ll have to look out sometime and see the amazing balance areas and structures they build with them.”
Over the years these board have been used for so many amazing things in the front yard.
Today their main play scheme was a fire pit. Did someone in our class sit around a fire pit this weekend? Real experienced are what fuel our play.
It’s really lovely to watch their drama unfold – like when Graham fell into the fire and needed help.
I didn’t engage much in this play. They didn’t need me. But remember- all play is important. One simple learning outcome from this play is core development as they carried the larger boards over. And what comes after core development? Fine motor skills rush along not far behind.
The neighbor did text back that she’s aware I keep a close watch. That felt better – I think 🤔 🙈😳