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::: a gnarly log for imaginative play

We have the most interesting gnarly log …

which came from a root bound tree.

Our children really enjoy playing with it …

and have included it in lots of different play scenarios …

including bugs and beetles …

cats and mice …

lizards ..

snakes and crocodiles.

Children are really attracted to natural materials and the best thing is …

they’re FREE!

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5 Responses to “a gnarly log for imaginative play”

  1. Juliet says:

    Utterly, utterly wonderful. A car will almost always be a car in children’s play. But a gnarly log will almost always be something else other than a gnarly log. Long live high affordance objects. Do you ever take this outside? Does the play differ there with gnarly log?

    ::: It goes out into the “bug garden” Juliet usually with the large dinosaurs … so not much difference in play. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. jenny says:

    Thank goodness nature’s gifts are free, because they are the best things for imaginative play.

    ::: Amen to that Jenny! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Elise says:

    Nature sure comes up with the goods when it comes to open ended play. I can imagine my little girl wanting to use a log like this to make some kind of enchanted garden full of fairies.

    So lovely that it has been used for so many different scenarios.

    :: We are working on making some fairies as this log would be perfect for fairy garden play Elise. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was visiting with a friend the other day and she was telling me about the terrible rotted tree she had removed. A large stump still remained and my mind started spinning. (Ideas flooded my brain, and my palms started sweating) I managed to muster up a calm voice before I asked “What are your plans for the stump?” When she started explaining the plan for firewood, my heart sank. Bummer, maybe next time!

    ::: On NO Jill you never ask THAT!! You have to explain the fun children would have playing with it … Kind of a guilt trip thing! Next time Jill, next time! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚