As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts almost every area of our lives, many of us find ourselves in unique new positions. For example, unable to send our children to nursery, we must now occupy and teach them at home. How can young children’s waking hours be both happy and purposeful, despite the...
What can we do in our work with young children to see that life, for them, continues to be a source of wonder and delight? We can start by asking, “What do we notice, pay attention to, and celebrate?
Did you ride bicycles around the block and play Hide-and-Seek outside with friends until you were called inside for dinner? These experiences helped us develop our senses and taught us to self-regulate our actions, preparing us ultimately for the more formal education of school.
From infancy to adulthood, people enjoy sand and water. Young children like to play with sand and water and find such play satisfying.
Outdoor play also enables children to enjoy the natural environment and learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity.
Puddles, spray bottles, garden sprinklers, and backyard wading pools bring back gleeful memories of childhood. It is simply fun to play in water.
Mud is an art medium, one that we can mold, dry, and decorate. Unlike many other media, mud permits us to make mistakes.
The beauty of sand is one of the few manipulatives that truly allows kids to explore their imaginations.
Traditionally the sand area has provided opportunities for manipulation, construction, and discovery as children experiment with pouring, digging, and mixing sand with water.