Lately I’ve seen lots of ‘invitations to play’ on the internet. In my opinion this is not a new thing – simply a way to encourage a child to use and extend their imagination, and explore and follow their own interests.
The idea is to set up an open ended activity, in an exciting and interesting way, and quite simply allow the child to discover and explore it, in any way they like.
A child is naturally curious, and it is precisely this type of play that inspired me to become a teacher.
The ‘invitations to play’ pin boards are full of inspiration – I decided to try one (which unfortunately I’ve lost the source of..)…
It was funny to see what happened next. Ted came in and immediately took up the jug of water, and started to try to pour the water in to the open end of the pipette! Excellent motor skills – but an impossibility.. He then tried a smaller item, the outside part of the syringe. Hmmm. Still no luck. While he became intrigued by the working if the syringe, along came Alfie…..