Provide real materials and living plants for children to explore.
Flowers <ul><li>Can be used in experiential centres. They add a connection to nature and make spaces more engaging and home like </li></ul><ul><li>Some plants are poisonous, check before introducing any new foliage </li></ul>
A simple way to store blocks for infants and toddlers.
Versatility These materials can be arranged many different ways. This flexibility allows for educators to provide new challenges as children gain new skills.
Opportunities to climb over, under and through are important for infants and toddlers to gain a greater competence in their physical abilities.
Competent Child <ul><li>Safe and supervised exploration of new skills allows children to gain confidence not only in their physical abilities but also in their self esteem as they experience accomplishment of new skills </li></ul>
Tunnels <ul><li>Tunnels provide an opportunity for gross motor exploration and can be easily stored away when not in use </li></ul>
Children need opportunities for physical play throughout the day.
Storage of materials should encourage independence. Being able to successfully access and put away materials on their own builds children’s self esteem.
Responsive Educator The educator noticed that this child was interested in exploring the large blue ball. When it appeared she was losing interest, the educator rolled the smaller ball over and the infant’s interest was renewed.
Young infants <ul><li>Very young infants who are not yet mobile can reach, grasp and kick for physical development opportunities </li></ul>