Children need a variety of experiences,activities,equipment, practice and master motor skills. They need time to play, time alone, with friends and other activities. They need space to play in. It must be safe and challenging. Children need play equipment. There should be different play equipment to play with and they need to be allowed to make choices.
Here are some Do It Yourself or homemade materials to supplement play equipment at your classroom and some activities along with it.
Bean Bags- Cut 4 inches off the toe of an old pair of socks. With the top securely stitched, stuff the toe with beans. Fill it with styrofoam packing for younger kids so that it won't hurt them if they are hit with it.
How to play with Bean Bags?
Wands- Attach a straw or a stick with a yard of ribbon or crepe paper.
How to play with Wands?:
Bowling Pins- Recycle your plastic soda bottle waste. You can wrap them with colored paper and decorate them. Place them in a triangle and allow the kids to take turns kicking a ball or bean bag at them to bring them down.
Balance Beam- Put a piece of masking tape on the floor or place a 2"X4" board directly on the floor.
How to play with a Balance Beam?:
Balls- Wad up some newspaper. You may make a secure and affordable ball by completely wrapping it in masking tape. (Older kids can make these themselves)
Frisbies- Styrofoam paper plates can be colored and then thrown as frisbies.
How to play with Frisbies:
1. Play catch or see who can throw theirs the farthest.
How to play with Balloons?
How to play with Chalk?
Blanket Toss- An old sheet or blanket is almost as good as a parachute for tossing balls and playing games.
How to play with blanket toss?
Together, each group throws the ball from its own Blanket into the other group's. The teams in turn toss the ball. To effectively use the blanket toss to capture the ball is the goal of the game. The other team wins if one team is unable to capture the ball.
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