I love the whole idea of open ended play. What a wonderful way of encouraging thinking, creativity and originality!
Loose part play is a Reggio Emilio technique which encourages all of the above in a very appealing way. I laid out a tray full of rhinestones, foam shapes, big and small pebbles, sea shells, sequins and confetti, straws and toothpicks. I also placed some play dough on the side.
Ananya was excited to see what was this all about. Since it was her first time I helped her get started.
She then rolled her dough. She decided to use sea shells to decorate her play dough.
She then did some print making with the left over play dough.
Went back to decorating the dough. This time she used some other objects from the tray.
After some playing with the new stuff, she went back to her old obsession. Making a cake out of the play dough. Putting a straw candle and singing Happy Birthday song.
Only this time she decided to use scissors to cut the cake.
Later, she used the scissors to cut noodles that I made out the play dough.
Fun interactive session!