Elevate Your Toddler's Senses With These Tangable Glass Globs for Toddler Friday
To begin, I'd like to share with you two books that are constantly open and on my lap. Loose Parts, and Loose Parts 2.
You can find both of these books on Amazon or most other online book retailers. And no, you do not have to be an educator to understand them. To be honest, the concept is so eye-opening you may eventually throw away all of your commercial toys.
- maybe. We still have them floating around.
However, one very important idea these books have taught me is the process of watching my toddler play and observing his play schema. That is, to watch what my toddler does does as he plays. Is he a transporter, collector, connecter, dumper, stacker, etc. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure. This question allowed me to take a couple steps back and observe Hayes when he is in control of his active learning.
Turns out, he's a dumper. And if you too have a dumper, they will love this open-ended exploration.
*Keep in mind this exploration has small pieces that your toddler could and may put in their mouth. Stay close, watch them, and use your best judgement if this is a good loose part for them to play with.
Most anything can be taken outdoors. It's Fall! Enjoy the slight breeze as you play.
We began by setting up a towel outside. This towel "defined the space" my toddler was to work in. Sidenote, you probably don't want these glass globs lying around the lawn when your yard maintenance shows up. (even if that is you or your husband!)
Other items I added were many transparent, plastic containers. I wanted the containers to be clear so my toddler could watch them fill up and clang together as they were filled. This also allowed my toddler to play with dimension as the stones stacked amongst one another.
Check out this fine motor grip my toddler has that will strengthen his small muscles for future activities such as writing and drawing!
And it turns out, that I was right. He's a dumper. And so is his preschool, brother.
This open-ended exploration touches on many concepts such as empty, full, quantity, space, cause and effect, and trajectory. It also strengthened his small hand muscles.
And I almost forgot to mention that this activity lasted well over 20 minutes!
Go ahead, get outside and dump. Comment below or share with us by tagging @dayswithgrey on social media to show us how it goes!