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The No toys approach to play


So . . . . . .

  • Do you notice how often children find enjoyment in their exploration of what seems to be the most simplest of resources?

  • Spend long periods of time absorbed in playing with your pots and pans

  • Find plastic shop brought toys limit your child's creative thought process and you need more for them


Then consider a No toys approach to play -


Open ended resources often allow children the freedom to explore and be curious about whatever it is they want to be curious about in whatever way feels right for them. There is no set agenda or outcome, there is no right or wrong way to play, to explore in whatever feels right to them at that particular time. How affirming for a young learner to not be restricted by a certain way to use resources but to have the encouragement and confidence to marvel in their ideas, their creations, their own ways of being.

We as adults can provide the provocations for learning and we also have the mesmerizing task of watching the many different ways our young learners engage, explore, question and respond to such resources.


Young babies for example are absolutely doing all they can to make sense of the world around them, they are constantly questioning . . . . . . How does this work, I wonder how I can use this, I wonder what happens if? Not necessarily in the verbal question sense but they are using all their senses to ask these questions and make sense of what they know.

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