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How we offer play dough at a Curiosity Approach® setting.

 

Have you noticed at Curiosity Approach® settings we have done away with the plastic pre-determined cutters?

Our playdough tables are not about being Instagram ready,  but about bringing nature back into children’s lives and stepping forward into multi-sensory experiences and beyond the pre-determined shape cutters.

Freedom to use loose parts & natural materials.

Top Tip:

Make friends with the local florist and ask them to save you a bag of off cuts, broken stems and foliage that would normally go into the bin

When florists makes floral tributes and bouquets they discard lots of stems, leaves and petals. Just ask them to fill a bag ready for children to use within children’s playdough, potion & sensory kitchen.

Use authentic resources and loose parts, natural place mats or large wooden tree cookies. Here we have used some pallets to create a playdough station. This can be sanded down and allows children to stand and play independently. At Curiosity Approach® setting's we also remove the chairs, helping children to develop core strength, balance and crossing their midline.

Items to add:

Pestle and mortar, forks, safety knives, stones, feathers, fresh herbs, scissors, garlic press or clay resources.


 

 

Stephanie Bennett

This article was written by Stephanie Bennett, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Lyndsey Hellyn. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.

Lyndsey Hellyn

This article was written by Lyndsey Hellyn, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Stephanie Bennett. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.

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