Make & Take: Developing Small World Playmats and Resources
Small world play provides for open ended creative play that sparks cognitive, fine motor, sensory, social, emotional, and spiritual development.
The opportunities for learning and growth are endless. In this workshop we will explore the values of small world play, and the many ways we can set the stage for meaningful learning opportunities.
Be prepared to use your imagination and have some fun! WE will use felt, wool, sticks, stones, wood and more to create a small world playmat, and some small world play items such as trees, rocks, and animals.
We will also collaborate and develop a resource list of loose parts that can be used to extend the playscapes. All these tools will be yours to take back and share with the children in your program.
* maximum 1 staff per centre
I am a third-generation settler ally on the traditional unceded lands of the Syilx Okanagan peoples. I am the daughter of Gertrude Elizabeth Neale (Quebec) and Wilfred Maurice Kenward (Ontario). I am a proud mother of Sky Charles Henri MacDonald (1996-2001) and Ocean MacDonald (2005- present). I am grateful to be an uninvited resident on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people on Westbank First Nations land, in what is colonially referred to as Kelowna. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for the past 33 years and currently I am a community development consultant working with early years, indigenous and early intervention communities. I am an instructor in the Indigenous Early Childhood Community Education program at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Merritt BC), and I am the Interior Regional Advisor for the Infant Development and Supported Child Development Programs in the province of BC. I am honored to be working in service of young children and families, and I love every day I get to work with communities in doing what is best for the children.