"We can't allow children to go up the slide." "Licensing does not allow us to have Loose Parts in the environment." "Our insurance does not allow us to have swings." "Parents do not want us to talk about diversity. They say it is divisive."
Stress has a way of slowly entering our lives. Once it is there, it tends to stay as an uninvited guest. Life challenges, change, and crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic confront us unexpectedly. People tell us to take the challenges one step at a time or send us motivational messages to keep us going. Sometimes these messages work. Other times they are not helpful. In these moments of stress, we should turn to what children have known for centuries: the power of play. Children play without an adult telling them what to do. They find a sense of flow and get lost in imaginary worlds. What is even more critical is that play brings laughter, relaxation, and understanding beyond any motivational message. Here are five ideas to get playfulness back into your life.
Miriam Beloglovsky – Playful Transformation
Kasey Kile, Director of Professional Development – Kodo Kids
Diane Spahn, Director of Education – Kodo Kids
Many questions that we hear involving Loose Parts have to do with how we organize and display the Loose Parts.
A simple concept to consider when organizing materials is “less is more”.
When there is a combination of too many types of Loose Parts, children may find it difficult to choose or make decisions on the different ways they can use them. It is important, though, to consider having more than one of the same type of Loose Parts to assist children in organizing their ideas and increasing their creativity.
To get started, consider the following:
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