Based on our presentation at the International Play Association Conference this interactive hands-on outdoor workshop will offer up opportunities for educators to see the possibilities of large-scale loose parts play and to personally experience some of what young children undergo to bring their big ideas to large scale life.
The theory and value of loose parts is well-established in educational and early childcare realms but it is mostly seen inside the classrooms with man-made materials used to express ideas and model-sized creations. What happens when young children are given the physical space, time and real world materials to build on a large scale and bring their creations and ideas to life size?
With large-scale materials comes inherent risk. This workshop will explore how can we, as educators and as a society, create spaces of “trust” where preschool and Kindergarten-aged children are encouraged and supported to engage with materials that are larger and heavier than the children themselves.
Questions that will be considered are many - What can large-scale loose parts offer children, not only in terms of their physicality and spatial awareness, but also in term of imaginary play, social play, group work, literacies and mathematics. How does this impact their ability to theorize and to test hypotheses? How can large-scale loose parts be utilized to express curriculum knowledge? What does taking loose parts outdoors offer us in the ability to revisit project work? How does weather and seasons impact a structure of parts and how it can be used in different ways?
Through a series of play provocations and interactive creative building sessions, participants will consider the benefits of large-scale loose parts play, learn about ways to set up play provocations for children inspired by children’s ideas and questions, design outdoor spaces for and consider the diversity and quantity of large-scale loose parts both found and natural.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Common Digs Forest School at Red Deer Lake Community Centre
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$90 + gst per person
$75 Early bird discount available until December 31, 2017.
Workshop is limited to 40 participants.
Visit our shop to register. All registrations are non-refundable but are transferable.