Less is more when it comes to toys?
The BBC News has featured The Curiosity Approach®️ on a number of occasions, covering not only our nurseries but of those who are accredited or on the Curiosity Approach®️ Accreditation journey
We featured as ‘The nursery without toys.’
At The Curiosity Approach®️we believe that children don’t need masses of toys to help them learn or play.
‘Claire Lerner is the Psychotherapist and Director of Parenting Resources at Zero to Three specialize in early childhood development. ‘
She conducted a government-funded study into the potential impacts of excessive toys, reporting that children, “get “overwhelmed and over-stimulated and cannot concentrate on any one thing long enough to learn from it so they just shut down.” *see link below*
Have you ever noticed when children have a wealth of plastic toys within their home or setting, they flit from activity to activity, toy to toy? Neither fully engaged, interested or motivated to play for any extensive period of time.
When given electronic toys with lights, beeping noises and moving parts, the children become transfixed, watching as the toy performs?
Children become passive learners, no longer immersed or active and the toy ends up playing more than they do ?!?
At Curiosity Approach®️ settings we step beyond the expense of manufactured toys and resources & seek alternatives such as those recycled materials @ authentic resources.
Items we rescue, salvage or save become treasures for curious minds.
Enabling and empower children to be inquisitive and creative. There is no pre determined play outcome or instructions on a box to follow. We trust in the child
So thankful that Instead of batteries powering the electronics it’s the children’s imagination that fires things up. Hearts and minds connect and children are pilots in their own play!
What items could you use
Catering tins collected are a great loose part. Utensil holders and tumble drier hoses are fascinating objects to explore and investigate. Collect the various sizes tins & then conduct a risk v benefited exercise. Spotting potential hazards of new items to be introduced.
When using the loose parts, as Early Years educators we start to see possibilities everywhere. The potential of such resources & instead of reaching for the catalogues we become excited & motivated to find more treasures that will ignite curiosity and let the children PLAY
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