Create open-ended, heuristic play opportunities for toddlers and beyond using gorgeous, silky rainbow scarves and lots of imagination!
After a while Cakie started to lay them over each other and asked me what colours I could see. She held them up to the window and tried hard to find new colours. After some discussion she agreed that red and blue made a purplish sheen and yellow and blue could be folded to look green.
Next these were danced with around the room, trailing behind them or being flapped like birds wings. I am definitely taking these out in the garden for them to run and dance with in a larger space (the next time it actually stops raining here!)
Then, from out of nowhere, Cakie grabbed them all and instructed me to tuck them in around her neck. She said “I’m going to get married now like Cinderella, and this is going to be my rainbow dress.” I suggested she use the white one over her head for a veil and she ran to get some fake flowers to complete the look! Then plenty of independent imaginative play took place, with her as the central character and narrator, as well as lots more dancing and “floating” around the room. It was quite a gorgeous moment
At a later time these were pulled back out of the basket and added to their ever-extending imaginative play small world scenes, with the blue representing a lake, the yellow a beach, and green a forest.
- creativity: using imaginations to tell stories, dance, sing and take on a role, creating dressing up costumes
- physical development: gross motor skills: dancing using arms and legs in co-ordinated movements, circling arms, throwing and catching, jumping and landing with controlled movements
- literacy: oral storytelling
- knowledge and understanding: using everyday objects to represent other things in play, exploring colour mixing