Fun with scrap!

Fun with scrap!
“Best play ever” …“Lots to do”…”the playground feels bigger now!”…  “Fewer fights and trouble” These were just a few of the positive comments from children and staff when we introduced scrap resources to lunchbreak playtimes.  The dynamic of play changed and even foot ball reduced its negative impact!  We supported this new initiative through modelling and discussing risk-benefit with the staff , who think is great, but they say “Please sort out the storage!”  This is going to be self managed (with the children taking responsibility) in a new wide timber shed, that will also double as a dry and cosy place to play.
Introducing loose parts, training for support staff, and providing storage does not have to be a large financial commitment… (a few hundred,  not thousands,  as an up-front cost) and the only on-going task is refreshing the resources. A keen parent team has undertaken to do this though regular visits to the local scrap store,  as well as keeping an eye open for suitable materials. 
So...over to the children now,  to take themselves to new places and experiences through their own fertile imagination!

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