It’s the season for the ‘jungee badam’ tree to shed it’s leaves, once again.
This is the time when we gather the beautiful fallen leaves – red, brown, ochre, burnt orange and russet and string them into all manner of curiosities.
There are pouches secretly carrying a tiny rock and seed or hair wreaths encircling happy heads. Bracelets are fashioned and among the more adventurous – belts, crowns and collars!
~ Robert Frost
Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.
I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing into my arms
And into my face.
As a follow up to my post on the theory of loose parts and the natural playscape, I thought I’d share some of the goings-on during playtime.
Free play at school has been becoming more and more creative and inventive of late. What’s more, we have noticed increased co-operation and fewer fights between the children.
Here’s what the children have been up to:
They have been gathering fallen flowers, leaves, sour clover, cast-away bamboo from their wood working, broken pots and anything else they can forage to make their own ‘shop’.
Everything can be bought for a few rocks and they are most generous with granting discounts!
- The shop is open!
- Hard at work – the pile of rocks in the corner is the ‘money’ they have collected for their wares
- Hurry! Just a few items left
- Beware the money safe – all the rocks are under the pots. If you try to get to it you will topple the precariously balanced sticks on top and leave a tell tale sign!
Meanwhile, the sandpit is coming alive with other wonders. A found bottle, bamboo sticks, left over bricks from our amphitheatre and a few broken pots is all it takes!
- a plastic bottle, 2 tyres and sand become a truck
- … and there exists an internal structure as well – bamboo sticks hidden in the sand are the pipes of the engine!
- … but what does one do with all these bricks?
- …. why, build a house ofcourse!
- … and the wolf ? Well, he can huff and he can puff but he can’t bring this house down …
“In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.” ~ Simon Nicholson