We've been spending up to one hour outside mornings, and even though the temperature is abit cooler, and the sky has been overcast, we're loving the opportunity to run, climb, dig, and explore nature.
But this afternoon we decided to stay inside. The children had loads of fun just hanging out together, and as usually older children join us in the afternoon, we had a nice mix of ages.There was nothing particularly creative out, we just used whatever was on hand.
I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of our "fine mess".
|A little bit of everything - a climbing block, a dress, building manipulatives, a shoe, a pig, some foam blocks.|
|More foam climbing blocks (we rotate these from room to room, it's our turn this week, and the children have been using them in many ways)|
|I had brought some larger plastic animals from home this week, and the children are enjoying these. (A horse, a sheep, shoes.)|
|Two children had enjoyed building towers here.|
|Someone was busy here.|
|The Beauty Shop|
I have posted other pictures of our room, but they showed a relatively tidy floorspace. This is more what our room really looks like when we're busy playing.
The first daycare center I worked at as a permanent employee, was a wonderful, safe, creative place. However, we were finicky about "mess" - at center time each child would take a "mat" (a rug sample of about 2x3ft.), and would be required to stay on this mat with their box of say Lego, or train, or puzzle or whatever. The children were encouraged to always stay on the mat, and not to play with others. I would find myself allowing the car children to start interacting with the block children for instance, but it was frowned upon. I'm so glad those days are over, and I can allow my children to construct a "fine mess".
Melissa, at The Chocolate Muffin Tree had a great post, today on a box guitar she and her daughter created, and as well "snap" painting. It put me in mind of geo boards, so thought I'd post a picture of these here. I'll have to purchase new elastics soon, and put these out.