This simple loose parts play was a last minute idea that I put together when I found a stash of sparkly pipe cleaners and pom poms whilst trying to dig out something else from my art supplies. As it’s bonfire night tonight I though they would make a great firework tuff tray with loose parts. (This post contains affiliate links)
I have written some more about the theory of loose parts play and why lose parts play is an important part of play in the early years. I hadn’t set up a loose parts activity for awhile so this was the perfect opportunity to engage the Little Tots in some imaginative and creative play as well as the added sensory element.
Using our large builders Tuff Tray I brought it inside due to the wet weather and added the following:
Although this was a firework themed set up it was used in lots of different ways throughout the day and the rest of the week. The Little Tots explored the feel of the different materials and we talked about the textures. They colour sorted, counted and filled the tubes with pom poms and the threw them in the air pretending they were fireworks. Small world people, animals, cars, dinosaurs were added to the play and the loose parts were also cooked into wonderful meals in the play kitchen.
More fireworks fun:
Ways we might extend this activity include:
- Make some firework pictures
- Create some fireworks using paper rolls and decorate like these ones by My Kid Craft.
- Make some firework rocket sandwiches like these ones from Eats Amazing.
- Make some edible sparklers by dipping chocolate fingers in melted chocolate and adding sprinkles to the end. Yum.
- Explore further ideas to put in the tuff tray depending on the Little Tots interests – possibly winter or Christmas themed ideas.
Links to Learning:
- Communication & Language – sitting still, focussed attention, describing what they’re doing, parenting objects are something else.
- Physical Development – Squatting, picking up small objects
- Personal, social and emotional development – plays alongside others or with an adult
- Expressive arts and design – sensory exploration, using tools, manipulating materials, constructing with a purpose, pretend play.
- Maths – counting objects, comparing sizes, talking about shapes.
- Understanding the World – Talking about seeing firework / why we have them.