Learning with nature means not just learning in or about nature but learning in an environment where the natural world becomes another teacher. Good teachers of course help their students learn facts and ways of thinking, but they also inspire. They make us feel something so strongly we are sparked to create.
Store loose parts
Collect little things
2.Guidecraft Little Bricks – 60 pc. Set (Pre-order June)
Play with Waytoplay Highway
Build a house
Guidecraft Little Bricks are an ideal introduction to independent play with a self-explanatory, open-ended material. Young children can mess around with all sorts of possibilities; adults can play along to model and support. The creativity cards with Little Bricks, suggesting circle, incline, structure, and more, give visual hints and inspiration for kids and caregivers as they get to know the materials.
The big idea: children are most always engaged in playful learning as they make personal connections with their world. Bringing this idea out of the classroom and into the home tells children that their ideas are valid, and their independent play is valued.
Natural and unscripted play patterns emerge when Branch Blocks are provided for building and dramatic play inspiration. The intact textured bark on each building piece adds sensory exploration mirroring the organic benefits of outdoor play. Use Branch Blocks to practice stacking, sorting and STEM activities.
No matter where the art is expressed, the inspiration requires extensive time outdoors. Not only time in nature, but intentional time that allows nature to teach. That is, time for children to experience and be inspired by nature. If we support this time, we’ll likely find ourselves inspired by the children themselves.