::: plasticine and toothpicks
With the seasons being neither here nor there at the moment, sometimes we plan to head outside but get stopped in our tracks by a sudden spring downpour. This happened when we had the children over one day so our outdoor plans were put on hold for a while.
What shall we do then? Aha, we had some new plasticine (like a modelling clay) and a jar of those toothpicks with points at both ends. What could the kids do with them?
For a quick fill-in activity, this lasted for a very long time!
They rolled and squashed, cut and broke off.
They experimented with adding the toothpicks as arms, legs …
There was lots of talk, discussion and problem solving happening.
We don’t always have to go down the complex road when it comes to learning – just let the children play!