Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We Play: Boxes

When it comes to play, you can’t get much better than a cardboard box. We had our first giant cardboard box experience this week after buying a new vacuum cleaner. Pebble was a little unsure at first, but soon loved using it as something to climb up on, push around the room, and bang on top of. When all the options had been exhausted with the closed box I opened it up to make a tunnel. Pebble was straight into it, going back and forth from one end to the other.
This was a little more successful than a box experience I planned for one of my child care placements in my uni days…. I carefully made a big box tunnel, with streamers and toys and each end. I waited with great anticipation for the babies and toddlers to arrive for the day, imagining their delight and the wonderful play they would have.
Sure enough, they were delighted… but the three boys that arrived first took one look at this new spectacle and proceed to demolish it. The had a great time ripping, stamping, banging, pushing, crawling and basically annihilating the box. The main this is, they had fun, and I learned a little something about planning more open ended experiences with less teacher direction!
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  1. Cute - she's playing hide and seek with Winnie the Pooh!

  2. this is about the 6th box play I have seen for this meme and it is great. such a simple yet satisfying toy

  3. Yes, they're definitely the best toy, especially at that age when they're so in to containers of all types (so to speak). I wonder if it's related to the development of object permanence? Do you think that might be why they find containers fascinating?

  4. It seems to be the free things in life that chn love more then anything else :) I have had boxes at my front door for have given me the kick up the butt to get them out for a play..Thanks xx

  5. Hehe! Yes, lots of cardboard box play this week, just goes to show that the simple things are the best, aren't they? :)

  6. What gorgeous photos. Loving that a cardboard box offers so much play potential for children of all different ages.


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