You may have seen playful learning experiences using loose parts around the web. Majority of these are Regio Emilia inspired based on the premises that the more loose parts of 'variable' freely available the more creative and inventive a child is able to explore. Using different materials that are smooth, rough, oblique, shiny, colourful, reflective and visually interesting enhances a childs natural curiosity to explore and create.
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This is our take on free play using loose parts to create a imaginative scene on a mirror.
Dimples starts with a Mirror, white board markers, craft sticks, some stones of different shape and colour, some rocks and some smurfs. He first grabs the white board markers to "design" his smurf land, tracing the craft sticks and drawing a river, instantly going into a calm and creative mood (Yes he is dressed as Batman).
Dimples uses principles of symmetry with out even realizes, he creates settings that they are even and uses the sticks and the white board markers to create dividers in the imaginary smurf land, such as this bridge/path way above, and this river separating the land of the smurfs from the human land below.
Dimples makes a few variations of smurf lands and explores what the stones look like through the mirror. He uses a steady hand to stack things up and balance stones on top of each other.
Starting again he gives each smurf their own special space, their own rock to balance on and lines them all up in their own corner 'hut'.
Dimples colours some craft sticks and traces them very carefully over the mirror. He balances smurfs over the craft sticks and sets up a little magic realm where all the smurfs surround a tower of jewels.
Playing on the mirror gives an interesting element to his little pretend small world and using loose parts means there are endless opportunities to explore.
Creativity & inventiveness
Symmetry & reflection
Check out these posts for more ideas on loose parts & play using mirrors