Woodland

Woodland

Lots of interest in a couple of our nocturnal animals stories during our autumnal play lead us to some woodland and woodland animal related play. I would have shared my Christmas set-up today, but was unexpectedly sent on a course (which was fabulous) for the last 3 days of this week and so haven’t even set up for Christmas yet! It will be a mad dash on Monday morning.

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Books

Here are some of the books the children enjoyed looking through or listening to…

Books related to Woodland Play - shared by Rachel (",)

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Transient Art

Some natural materials, moss balls and natural wreaths resulted in some beautiful transient art. There was some storying with the bugs too…

Transient art - from Rachel (",)Transient art from Rachel (",)

Transient art - from Rachel (",)

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Sticks & Pipe-Cleaners

They really enjoyed this – although it was difficult for some! A great fine-motor workout…

Invitation to wrap sticks with pipe-cleaners - from Rachel (",)

Wrapping sticks with pipe-cleaners - from Rachel (",)

Wrapping sticks with pipe-cleaners - from Rachel (",)

This made me smile – he said, “This is a pirate boat with a sail”… 🙂

This is a pirate boat with a sail... from Rachel (",)

Behold the wrapped sticks!

Behold the wrapped sticks! - from Rachel (",)

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Counting and Number Recognition

(Some small world play too.)

Counting and number recognition - from Rachel (",)

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Woodland Small World 

Woodland small world play from Rachel 1

Woodland small world play from Rachel (",)

I put my Owl Babies story stones by the small world area too…

Owl Babies story stones - from Rachel (",)

Mid-play… it’s usually quite tricky to be able to share the small world area mid-play as it’s often full of little people. I managed to capture a few I can share…

Woodland small world area - mid play... from Rachel (",)

This is how they set it up one day…

Abandoned small world area - from Rachel (",)

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Light Panel

Loose parts and wooden trees on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Cardboard tubes, Scissors and Felt Tip Pens

I loved what they did with this. I demonstrated snipping the top and drawing a face but said they could do what they like with them – we had people, bracelets, telescopes, superhero bands and ‘leg protectors’! I especially loved the leg protectors – she said it was so she ‘wouldn’t hurt herself if she fell over’. 🙂

Cardboard tubes, scissors and felt tip pens - from Rachel (",)

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Montessori Tray

Number writing, number recognition and counting. Patterns too!

Mark making in the Montessori Tray - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work with Peg ‘Birds’ and Wool ‘Worms’ 

I’ve set this invitation out so many times before, but they always love it…

Fine motor work with peg 'birds' and wool 'worms' - from Rachel (",)

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Play Dough & Loose Parts

Invitation to explore play dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

Play dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Bird Seed & Various Tools

Using different tools to explore bird seed - from Rachel (",)

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Outdoor Cooking with Flowers

Cooking outdoors with flowers - from Rachel (",)

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Feathers and Glass Pebbles on the OHP

Feathers and glass pebbles on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Natural Geoboards

Good old natural geoboards - from Rachel (",)

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LED Box

Our LED box had feathers, sticks and pine cones…

Pine cones, feathers and sticks in the LED box - from Rachel (",)

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We enjoyed some nocturnal animal play last year. If you are interested, you can see the post here

Nocturnal - from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

You might find this post useful too: Visit Inspiration

Owl Babies - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

Owl top shared by Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)

Animal play on the maths table - from Rachel (",)

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6 Comments

  1. Rachel, the materials chosen are both stimulating and inviting for children. I love the weaving of children’s literature into all your invitations for learning.

    I can only imagine the engagement level of your students in the classroom because I would certainly like to play in this classroom!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas through photos!

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    • Ah, thank you so much Penny! 🙂

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  2. So wonderful, all of it! What ages do you work with?

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    • Thanks Maureen! My class are 3 & 4 years old, but the activities would work with older children 🙂

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  3. You are amazing and inspirational! Your ideas are creative, engaging and provoke imagination like nothing I have seen! I love your posts, they motivate me to be more daring in my presentations of provocations for my kindergarten students. Thank you!

    P.S. Where did you acquire your LED box!!??!!

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    • Thank you so much for the lovely message, Melissa! The LED box is from Ikea – ‘SYNAS’ 🙂

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