What’s in the boxes?
Dried penne pasta and spaghetti.
Coloured straws, chopped to varying lengths.
Thick, chenille pipe-cleaners, cut to different lengths.
Cardboard tubes of differing thicknesses, cut to different lengths and a few with curved edges.
A stack of empty egg cartons.
Some small, wooden blocks and shapes, both plain wood and coloured on some sides.
Foam shapes and letters from the window picture scenes and other shapes, come cut with small holes in.
Plastic, shiny, coloured, small eggs that fit together.
They happened to fit exactly on the shelves (phew!) and can be reached and taken down to play with by both girls.
They have loved using them so far and I have just let them get on with using and playing with the materials in any way that they like and, after initially just making a lot of mess, they are now beginning to do some interesting things with them! From using the tubes to make funny noses and blow trumpets to filling the gg cartons with various tid bits of “treasure”, they are having lots of curious fun!
One day I stumbled across the boxes emptied of their original contents, lined up on the sofa and arranged like this with the foam letters and some wooden people! Inside each box was a “birthday picnic” for all of the “friends” to share.
I think there will be plenty of opportunities for investigating and creating interesting play scenes and I look forward to seeing what they do next. I have some more materials ready and I may swap the contents of some boxes after a few weeks to see what they make of them.
- sensory: exploring and investigating materials and their properties using all of the senses
- maths: counting/ sorting/ ordering/ 2D & 3D shapes/ grouping/ building/ capacity/ problem solving
- literacy: language skills- vocabulary and describing words/ role play language and story-telling
- creative: telling stories through play/ making instruments / making 3D models/ large scale art
- motor skills: stacking/ rolling/ threading/ building/ balancing/ squeezing/ fixing together
- phse: working independently and collaboratively/ sustaining involvement in self-chosen activities