We need to be creators and not consumers.
When to call on parents
Parents should be your first port of call when sourcing topic specific toys and resources. As a parent of two young children myself, trust me we are always trying to get rid of old toys, with the permission of our little ones! and the children love bringing in stuff from home.
I painted the back of two shelves to create a nicely enclosed role-play area. I change it around throughout the year, here I have given it a roof using some material, glittery stars and pine cones. I sometimes take the roof off to change it up a bit, add 'snow' at christmas time. Add a sign every now and then.
Cardboard boxes will be your new best friend!
I can't emphasise how much children will get from the humble cardboard box. The video below speaks for itself! Excuse the messy classroom but that's the way it goes in the Aistear hour! The topic we were covering here was Transport. One big box was in the process of being made into a bus. The other boxes were a train and another box was the ticket office. If you are lucky enough to be close to an Ikea, you will get an array of large boxes. Some of them are ready made houses as you can see below. But any large store should be able to supply you with cardboard boxes.
Your Checklist for resources on a budget!
Where possible, it is actually better to make your own resources out of boxes and old recyclables. It will teach the children to use their imagination and be creative. Something that we do not always encourage when we buy everything ready made, colourful and sparkly new!
The list is endless really and you will realise that you can actually incorporate the same resources in many different ways throughout out the year.
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