Last week I observed that balance & building played a key part in the children’s natural play & thought I would expand on this a little & also introduce ‘slopes’ as a further element for them to explore. We’ve experienced a number of activities…
There is a basket of stones permanently available in the small world area & sometimes the children choose to bring them out to play with. I love how these children have naturally chosen to balance & pattern-make with them.
Tins were added to the stones (independent child-choice) & this is what happened…
Exploring a Variety of Balances & Scales
Balancing in Dough
They loved this, but the marbles we had to be careful with the rolling marbles!
Balancing at the Finger Gym
I was really interested to see how they would approach this…
Balancing & Building with Bricks
… coloured wooden bricks…
… real bricks…
… mirror & rainbow blocks…
… wooden bricks…
Balancing Small Bricks
(Wooden & real.)
Shaving Foam & Bricks
We had a go at using shaving foam as though it were cement. I think that it would have been better if we’d used foam bricks (if we had any), as the wooden ones were a little slippery! This is what happened when an adult was working with the children…
… & this is what happened when the adult wasn’t there… 😉
Balancing the Train Track
It didn’t stay up for long – we need more bricks!
I just watered down ordinary poster paint for this.
Cars on a Ramp
… dipped in paint.
Cars & Tubes
– in this case, clear ‘curtain blind’ boxes & cardboard tubes. The blind boxes were particularly popular as they loved being able to see the cars.
Balancing on the Lightbox
… and the OHP…
Exploring Slopes Outdoors
… with the clear blind boxes…
… with water & guttering…
… with planks of wood…
Balancing Indoors & Outdoors
‘Balancing Act’ is a fab book & we read this before exploring balances ourselves…
Spray Painting Outdoors
We had great fun with the school ramp & its different surfaces, but I forgot to take photos! :-/
The children’s request… sometimes superheroes do a bit of balancing too… 😉
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)