At a playgroup my daughter attends there is a heavy emphasis on open-ended and imaginative play. This is reinforced by the objects scattered around the room, which are fun and colorful and interesting, but somewhat non-specific. For example, there isn't a play kitchen, per se, but the kids have combined unrelated elements such as felt balls and wooden blocks and combined them with stools and boxes to make their own completely fanciful kitchen. This concept intrigues me, and the idea of 'Planned Discoveries' allows me to give it a try at home.
Tammy of Daisy Yellow has an interesting take on how to break the summer boredom blues. Instead of planning specific activities and projects for her kids, she orchestrates a series of 'Planned Discoveries'. It works like this: assemble a bunch of objects that have a theme and leave them out to be found, without saying what the theme is. With no specific instructions or rules the kids have complete freedom to create whatever game or activity they choose.
For example, a scenario called 'Spy Ware' involves leaving out an old cell phone, a blank notebook, sunglasses, old keys, binoculars, a magnifying glass, etc. It is obvious what the game should be about, but kids will undoubtedly take it in wonderfully random directions.
Tammy provides twenty scenarios like the one above and heartily encourages parents to create their own. Boredom, shmoredom, pass me the magnifying glass!
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