Monday, January 14, 2013

Insect Dramascape

Caleb has been very interested in insects lately so I turned our portable water table into an insect drama/playscape using some potting soil, sand, shells, and plastic insects. I also added a few branches for interest and different levels of play.

He was immediately drawn to the playscape and began to dramatize using the various props.

I joined in the play and we had a great conversation about what bugs in the winter do - this lead to some rich vocabulary building (e.g., burrowing, layers, hibernation).

Dramascapes are a great way to encourage creativity and sensory play in a small space. Tonight I plan on reading a few nonfiction books about insects to help build our understanding and hopefully inspire more adventures in the bin tomorrow!

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