We had so many favorites from our first week of Friends + Feelings, so today I thought that it would be all kinds of awesome to share another one of the Investigation Station activities that we did.
This time around, we focused on Loose Parts Play with nature items and had lots of fun in the process.
This was actually supposed to be an Outside Discovery activity. Unfortunately, it rained and we ended up bringing some of our outside in. Lol…
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If you’ve been around for a while, then you already know that we’re using Mother Goose Time for preschool homeschool and it’s been such a huge blessing to us.
Loose Parts Play
Logic (20.1), Scientific Reasoning (25.2)
- Gather a variety of outdoor materials (e.g., sticks, logs, tires, rocks) for children to build with. Sort and place materials in individual piles.
- Encourage children to use the materials to build a structure.
- What could you build?
- What if we put water on the materials?
- Can any of the materials connect to each other?
- What if something is too heavy to lift? Who could help you?
- What happens if you stack some of the materials?
The little guy is all about anything and everything loose parts. This particular activity was scattered all over his table for about a week before I finally couldn’t take it anymore and cleaned it up.
For what it’s worth, I totally left the muffin tins out and just asked him to grab a tray if he wants to play with it again. I know, I know.
Definitely a mama fail, right? I totally didn’t even think to put his supplies on one of our Ikea trays before I let him have at it. Lack of sleep tends to have that effect.
Seriously, though. He couldn’t just let it be. He kept coming and going from this one throughout the week. He even added some little farm vehicles and construction equipment.
He used his imagination to load the trucks and haul logs through the woods. And of course his construction equipment moved material and helped to build a city.
I love watching him. His creativity never ceases to amaze me. Obviously he gets it from me. I played a lot like he does when I was a little kid. That might even be part of the reason why I’m so intrigued by his process.
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Friends & Feelings theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.
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