Exploring Senses Play Lab will be closed for the month of September as we try to find a new, but permanent home for the Play Lab. We are still able to offer our Art in the Parks and our travel Birthday Parties! Art in the Parks will be posted soon! Stay tuned for our next adventure!
“If it hasn’t been in the hand or the body, then it can’t be in the brain”. The words of Bev Bos world renowned teacher, author and play advocate have never ringed truer in the age of technological toys and stores filled with over stimulating everything. Children learn by touching, smelling, tasting, hearing and seeing. It is intriguing to think” why do we have so many plastic toys surrounding us?” A plastic block has no real “feel” to it, but a tree does. Try it, find a groovy rock and a plastic rock and hold one in each hand…which would you rather hold? Which would you rather explore, or create with? Do not fret, plastic toys have their place too…keep reading!
Do not underestimate the hours of joy pots and pans can bring… In our house, we try and limit the number of plastic toys. Aside from the obvious reasons of what is in plastic: wooden toys encourage imagination, creativity and help ground children back to nature. It is important to think about the toys you introduce to your baby...
Observing a child use loose parts in play truly is magical, I dream of a child's imagination!
Loose parts have so many benefits, here are four:
1. Encourages children to problem solve
2. Encourages children to engage in more complex play
3. Encourages children to think of cause and effect
4. Encourages children to create, invent an
Tinker Trays are filled with beautiful loose parts. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. A 3-5 year old may use the materials to create a city, or create letters(for example ) while a 1-2 year old may use the loose parts to fill, dump sort and more, the key is they are materials with no set direction. We are happy to announce that we will be offering Exploring Senses Tinker Trays for sale in both Ontario and Nova Scotia.
A four-year-old child is presented with several Tinker Trays filled with loose parts. She begins stacking the tree cookies one on top of the other, then adds a cork and finally a coloured gem. She exclaims, "I built the leaning tower of Pisa!" (Photo Credit A Tiny Lab for Early Learning)