December in the Playroom
The climber is a large part of the playroom. Children can often be seen climbing up and down the stairs and sliding down the slide. But every so often, the piece of equipment becomes something more. Decorations can be seen hanging from the branches with steamers woven through the wooden bars. Mats, scarves and blankets are used to build forts underneath creating a quiet space. And recently many children are using the structure to play with their toys. Using baskets, bags and strollers to carry the many items across the room, children are then gathering on top, beneath and around the climber to play. Picnics are held, babies are cared for, trains, cars and other vehicles are driven up and down the slide, and emergencies are resolved. Cats and hats have also been seen hanging from the branches. It is fascinating to watch as children’s play evolves overtime. As staff we will continue to observe and further expand upon their interests – thus continuing the learning and play.