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Last week I observed that balance & building played a key part in the children’s natural play & thought I would expand on this a little & also introduce ‘slopes’ as a further element for them to explore. We’ve experienced a number of activities…

There is a basket of stones permanently available in the small world area & sometimes the children choose to bring them out to play with. I love how these children have naturally chosen to balance & pattern-make with them.

Tins were added to the stones & this is what happened…

Exploring a Variety of Balances & Scales

Balance & Slopes

They loved this, but the marbles we had to be careful with the rolling marbles!

I was really interested to see how they would approach this…

Balancing & Building with Bricks

We had a go at using shaving foam as though it were cement. I think that it would have been better if we’d used foam bricks , as the wooden ones were a little slippery! This is what happened when an adult was working with the children…

… & this is what happened when the adult wasn’t there… ????

Balance & Slopes

It didn’t stay up for long – we need more bricks!

I just watered down ordinary poster paint for this.

– in this case, clear ‘curtain blind’ boxes & cardboard tubes. The blind boxes were particularly popular as they loved being able to see the cars.

… with the clear blind boxes…

‘Balancing Act’ is a fab book & we read this before exploring balances ourselves…

Balance & Slopes

We had great fun with the school ramp & its different surfaces, but I forgot to take photos! :-/

The children’s request… sometimes superheroes do a bit of balancing too… ????

Don’t forget that you can also find me on , & . I’d love you to come & say hello! ????

Chris in VA on 07/03/2015 at 12:23 pm

Once again, outstanding opportunities for learning! Questions–are your tins full? I mean, are they just, like, canned veggies that you took the labels off of or are they empty? I would like to do some heavier work with my kids, since a couple show sensory seeking tendencies, and bricks and tins might be welcomed. Also, how do you handle wet clothing And, I don’t have a sink in the room–do you? I feel it limits our adventurous art!

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Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 12:58 pm

My tins are empty , but I do know some settings use full tins because they want the children to experience the weight.

Wet clothing is a bit of a nightmare, isn’t it?! All our children have a set of spare clothes on their pegs so that if they get wet or have an accident, they can easily get changed. Ideally, I’d like all the children to have a set of waterproofs in school, but we don’t have the space to store or dry them ????

At the moment, my classroom is the only class in school that has a sink in it, but in our new building, all the classes will have one.

Ramona Melanson on 07/03/2015 at 4:56 pm

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Hi Rachel, What are you using to hold up the guttering outside? They are blue, and almost look like tomato cages from afar. They look very handy for making ramps and holding tubes. I just found your blog this year, my co-workers and I are loving all your ideas! Thank you!

Ramona, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Ramona, thanks for your lovely comment!

We use them inside too & they’re also handy for den making ????

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Balance & Slopes

Last week I observed that balance & building played a key part in the children’s natural play & thought I would expand on this a little & also introduce ‘slopes’ as a further element for them to explore. We’ve experienced a number of activities…

There is a basket of stones permanently available in the small world area & sometimes the children choose to bring them out to play with. I love how these children have naturally chosen to balance & pattern-make with them.

Tins were added to the stones & this is what happened…

Exploring a Variety of Balances & Scales

They loved this, but the marbles we had to be careful with the rolling marbles!

Balance & Slopes

I was really interested to see how they would approach this…

Balancing & Building with Bricks

We had a go at using shaving foam as though it were cement. I think that it would have been better if we’d used foam bricks , as the wooden ones were a little slippery! This is what happened when an adult was working with the children…

… & this is what happened when the adult wasn’t there… ????

It didn’t stay up for long – we need more bricks!

Balance & Slopes

I just watered down ordinary poster paint for this.

– in this case, clear ‘curtain blind’ boxes & cardboard tubes. The blind boxes were particularly popular as they loved being able to see the cars.

… with the clear blind boxes…

‘Balancing Act’ is a fab book & we read this before exploring balances ourselves…

We had great fun with the school ramp & its different surfaces, but I forgot to take photos! :-/

Balance & Slopes

The children’s request… sometimes superheroes do a bit of balancing too… ????

Don’t forget that you can also find me on , & . I’d love you to come & say hello! ????

Chris in VA on 07/03/2015 at 12:23 pm

Once again, outstanding opportunities for learning! Questions–are your tins full? I mean, are they just, like, canned veggies that you took the labels off of or are they empty? I would like to do some heavier work with my kids, since a couple show sensory seeking tendencies, and bricks and tins might be welcomed. Also, how do you handle wet clothing And, I don’t have a sink in the room–do you? I feel it limits our adventurous art!

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 12:58 pm

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My tins are empty , but I do know some settings use full tins because they want the children to experience the weight.

Wet clothing is a bit of a nightmare, isn’t it?! All our children have a set of spare clothes on their pegs so that if they get wet or have an accident, they can easily get changed. Ideally, I’d like all the children to have a set of waterproofs in school, but we don’t have the space to store or dry them ????

At the moment, my classroom is the only class in school that has a sink in it, but in our new building, all the classes will have one.

Ramona Melanson on 07/03/2015 at 4:56 pm

Hi Rachel, What are you using to hold up the guttering outside? They are blue, and almost look like tomato cages from afar. They look very handy for making ramps and holding tubes. I just found your blog this year, my co-workers and I are loving all your ideas! Thank you!

Balance & Slopes

Ramona, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Ramona, thanks for your lovely comment!

We use them inside too & they’re also handy for den making ????

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by | Mar 7, 2015 | , , , , , , , , , |

Last week I observed that balance & building played a key part in the children’s natural play & thought I would expand on this a little & also introduce ‘slopes’ as a further element for them to explore. We’ve experienced a number of activities…

Balance & Slopes

There is a basket of stones permanently available in the small world area & sometimes the children choose to bring them out to play with. I love how these children have naturally chosen to balance & pattern-make with them.

Tins were added to the stones & this is what happened…

Exploring a Variety of Balances & Scales

They loved this, but the marbles we had to be careful with the rolling marbles!

I was really interested to see how they would approach this…

Balance & Slopes

Balancing & Building with Bricks

We had a go at using shaving foam as though it were cement. I think that it would have been better if we’d used foam bricks , as the wooden ones were a little slippery! This is what happened when an adult was working with the children…

… & this is what happened when the adult wasn’t there… ????

It didn’t stay up for long – we need more bricks!

I just watered down ordinary poster paint for this.

Balance & Slopes

– in this case, clear ‘curtain blind’ boxes & cardboard tubes. The blind boxes were particularly popular as they loved being able to see the cars.

… with the clear blind boxes…

‘Balancing Act’ is a fab book & we read this before exploring balances ourselves…

We had great fun with the school ramp & its different surfaces, but I forgot to take photos! :-/

The children’s request… sometimes superheroes do a bit of balancing too… ????

Balance & Slopes

Don’t forget that you can also find me on , & . I’d love you to come & say hello! ????

Chris in VA on 07/03/2015 at 12:23 pm

Once again, outstanding opportunities for learning! Questions–are your tins full? I mean, are they just, like, canned veggies that you took the labels off of or are they empty? I would like to do some heavier work with my kids, since a couple show sensory seeking tendencies, and bricks and tins might be welcomed. Also, how do you handle wet clothing And, I don’t have a sink in the room–do you? I feel it limits our adventurous art!

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 12:58 pm

My tins are empty , but I do know some settings use full tins because they want the children to experience the weight.

Balance & Slopes

Wet clothing is a bit of a nightmare, isn’t it?! All our children have a set of spare clothes on their pegs so that if they get wet or have an accident, they can easily get changed. Ideally, I’d like all the children to have a set of waterproofs in school, but we don’t have the space to store or dry them ????

At the moment, my classroom is the only class in school that has a sink in it, but in our new building, all the classes will have one.

Ramona Melanson on 07/03/2015 at 4:56 pm

Hi Rachel, What are you using to hold up the guttering outside? They are blue, and almost look like tomato cages from afar. They look very handy for making ramps and holding tubes. I just found your blog this year, my co-workers and I are loving all your ideas! Thank you!

Ramona, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

Balance & Slopes

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Ramona, thanks for your lovely comment!

We use them inside too & they’re also handy for den making ????

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by | Mar 7, 2015 | , , , , , , , , , |

Last week I observed that balance & building played a key part in the children’s natural play & thought I would expand on this a little & also introduce ‘slopes’ as a further element for them to explore. We’ve experienced a number of activities…

There is a basket of stones permanently available in the small world area & sometimes the children choose to bring them out to play with. I love how these children have naturally chosen to balance & pattern-make with them.

Balance & Slopes

Tins were added to the stones & this is what happened…

Exploring a Variety of Balances & Scales

They loved this, but the marbles we had to be careful with the rolling marbles!

I was really interested to see how they would approach this…

Balancing & Building with Bricks

Balance & Slopes

We had a go at using shaving foam as though it were cement. I think that it would have been better if we’d used foam bricks , as the wooden ones were a little slippery! This is what happened when an adult was working with the children…

… & this is what happened when the adult wasn’t there… ????

It didn’t stay up for long – we need more bricks!

I just watered down ordinary poster paint for this.

– in this case, clear ‘curtain blind’ boxes & cardboard tubes. The blind boxes were particularly popular as they loved being able to see the cars.

Balance & Slopes

… with the clear blind boxes…

‘Balancing Act’ is a fab book & we read this before exploring balances ourselves…

We had great fun with the school ramp & its different surfaces, but I forgot to take photos! :-/

The children’s request… sometimes superheroes do a bit of balancing too… ????

Don’t forget that you can also find me on , & . I’d love you to come & say hello! ????

Balance & Slopes

Chris in VA on 07/03/2015 at 12:23 pm

Once again, outstanding opportunities for learning! Questions–are your tins full? I mean, are they just, like, canned veggies that you took the labels off of or are they empty? I would like to do some heavier work with my kids, since a couple show sensory seeking tendencies, and bricks and tins might be welcomed. Also, how do you handle wet clothing And, I don’t have a sink in the room–do you? I feel it limits our adventurous art!

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 12:58 pm

My tins are empty , but I do know some settings use full tins because they want the children to experience the weight.

Wet clothing is a bit of a nightmare, isn’t it?! All our children have a set of spare clothes on their pegs so that if they get wet or have an accident, they can easily get changed. Ideally, I’d like all the children to have a set of waterproofs in school, but we don’t have the space to store or dry them ????

Balance & Slopes

At the moment, my classroom is the only class in school that has a sink in it, but in our new building, all the classes will have one.

Ramona Melanson on 07/03/2015 at 4:56 pm

Hi Rachel, What are you using to hold up the guttering outside? They are blue, and almost look like tomato cages from afar. They look very handy for making ramps and holding tubes. I just found your blog this year, my co-workers and I are loving all your ideas! Thank you!

Ramona, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

Rachel on 07/03/2015 at 4:59 pm

Balance & Slopes

Hi Ramona, thanks for your lovely comment!

We use them inside too & they’re also handy for den making ????

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