The Basic Idea
Space blankets are a cheap resource, but are great for inspiring movement – just listen to how they crinkle, explore the way they feel and watch the way light reflects off them!
Over To You, Wee One
Experiment with different ways of using them on your bodies: wrapping in them is warm, but they could also be a cape or a costume. You can also move with them – flap and float, lay flat and crinkle them up with your bodies – let your wee one take the lead!
- Engaging lots of senses (touch, hearing, sight) at once creates really rich learning opportunities
- Imagination is great for problem-solving
- Create characters who wear elaborate costumes!
- If you don’t have a space blanket, explore scarves – they’re great for getting wee ones to move, can wrap things/people, become capes or costumes.
- For smaller scale play, tin foil is also great. It can promote fine motor skills through scrunching.
Some wee ones aren’t going to jump straight into running around or getting really physical. Let them explore new materials and get used to them – sometimes they just need time getting to know a new object before they feel confident with it.