This is our roller coaster.
A child comes to me pointing a stick and says, “this is my ray gun”. “Oh” I reply looking at his stick. “I see it has a little bend at the end and is just the right size. That’s very creative, a ray gun, how did you come up with that?” “A show” he tells me. “We don’t have any guns at preschool. What else could your stick be?” Now the other children quickly pipe in, “A horse!” “A wand!” “A torch” “A cow” they are full of ideas. “A bench” one says. I’m curious about this idea. “Tell me about that.” “Like this.” And they plop down on the log we were standing near. “A roller coaster.” One little girl says with delight. Quickly they all climb on and start various forms of buckling.
These children are sharing ideas about things they have seen in their world. Their play comes from life. They act out and imagine what they see.
It reminds me to be a good role model. That they are always watching and learning. I listen to them talk to each other. Tell stories. Share experiences. Some real, some imagined.
Here they are learning to listen to each other. How to be a friend. How to play with another persons ideas. They are learning how fast they can run. How high they can climb. How to climb a hill, a fence, a log, a branch. How to slow down and notice the wonder of nature. How a bug burrows into a log or the dirt or rolls itself into a leaf. The many many ways to play with a stick.
They are learning about how to participate more fully in their lives. Now and, hopefully, for years to come.
So grateful to share this journey with them 🙏❤️😊 #thisisforestschool #outdoorpreschool #sproutingknowledge #playingwithsticks #pretendplay #socialplay #outdoorplay #nogunsplease #influencesofmediaonplay #natureconnection #physicalplay #lovemyjob