The Magic of Ideas

After the children finish eating their snack and listening to a story, the educators will bring out the day's materials and equipment. In one of our afternoon groups, there is often a request for a swing and depending on the area, the branches may or may not be conducive to a "proper" swing. On this particular day, the swing was too close to the tree trunk so the children tried different ways to use the swing - standing, sitting, twisting, pushing. One of the children then had the idea of tying the long, leftover piece of rope to a log that was far away, in an attempt to pull the swing further from the tree trunk. They then had the idea of pulling the long leftover rope. Doing this, they cou

The Opportunities of Nature Play

Winter at Fresh Air Learning has been a magical time. This is the time of the year where friendships have formed with peers and space, the children have their favourite spots, the interactive play has deepened and personalities are shining! The children have been connecting with space, watching it change with the seasons and we have official favourite spots that the children look forward to visiting along our walks. The big rock provides an excellent opportunity for gross motor exercise, for challenging strength, balance and spacial awareness. It is also often a place to be still, a chance for the little ones to get up high, turning their attention upwards; sparking conversation and wond

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