Interested in knowing why children don’t need commercially made toys?
The above tinkering kit was something I put together after looking at this blog post about loose parts theory by Carla Gull.
Repurposing items is the cornerstone of early learning. Young children use their imaginations more when the toy doesn’t actually do anything so the less of a ‘toy’ it is, the better for helping your child develop creativity, problem solving and more.
If a toy makes noises, moves, and looks like the object then what is there left for a child to do? They may press that button over and over but even a rat can press a button. And I’m not fond of comparing children to rats.
Here are a few more items I like to have around the preschool that have been repurposed in the name of play!
If you’re interested, I’m planning a future post that shows what the children actually did with the items in the black tray in the featured photo above. You will be truly amazed!
“To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” -Thomas Edison