Saturday, 4 May 2013

Fafu... time to play...

not able to wait - I had to try on a hat or two and a cape etc, before the children...
Lots of thoughts went around our heads as to how to how to present the new Fafu clothes - should we just put them in the box of dress up clothes - or should we allow the children to discover them with the opportunity for us to listen to their ideas about what they believed they were...

the children were eager to test everything out - Feet? Hands? Dinosaurs, ducks, claws.....

opportunities to help each other

a chance to explore together, to wonder together - why so many holes - are they volcanoes, a cape for  an octopus, or a monster or a princess - to marvel together that it's one colour on one side and another on the other

a chance to practice fine motor skills as well as finger strength...
I love the fact that the clothes are not gender coded in any way - they are totally open to interpretation for boys and girls - and for all sorts of play.
I enjoyed watching the children try on the clothes and then start to play - even when they returned to playing with their usual things at the preschool, they started to play with them in a different way - the clothes sort of transformed them allowing the children to approach their play in a new way...

I am looking forward to taking the clothes out to the forest with us - will it transform how they see the forest...?

2 comments:

  1. I am so glad you & your class 'get them'. I am sad to hear from other teachers that they don't understand what they are for!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. what? feels so incomprehensible not to "get them" - the children totally do - and maybe only adults without their inner child forget how to use these clothes! Pure genius!

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