The Beauty of Loose Parts Play

I am absolutely thrilled to declare the inaugural running of A Course on Sustainable Play a resounding success!

This past Thursday, I was lucky enough to spend the entire day with amazing Teachers and Parents - all of whom were excited to learn more about connecting children to our natural world.  

Out of all the days activities, the favourite (by far!) was creating Mandalas using both natural loose parts and also garden finds.  It was a beautiful way to wind down at the end of the day.  

As you can see from the photo, it left a stunning mess for me to tidy away.  I was tempted to just leave it, until the realities of tea time for my children persisted.

If you are interested in making a nature mandala, it couldn’t be simpler.  Go for a walk outside with a basket to collect your treasures.  Stones, petals, leaves, shells, nuts, sticks, the more colour and texture variety the better.  It also helps to have multiples of the same item.  Choose a special item for the centre, then start layering your pattern by circling around your centre.  

This is a wonderful Adult-led craft, that children will love to watch, and possibly attempt to join in or copy.  You will be teaching the creative process through leading by example.

Happy Crafting!

 

xx Katie