With the buzz of back to school in the air, I wanted to share some information about the Creative and Curious Playgroup. It’s a unique opportunity for toddlers ages 2-4 years to socialize and engage in creative play, while their parents take a much needed break. This small group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 am in a safe, diverse learning environment with the goal of generating a self-guided curriculum that allows each child ample opportunities to think, respond and learn in their own way.
Here is a peek into what our morning looks like!
9:00-9:20 Arrival, hellos and invitation for sensory play/free play.
An invitation for play consists of materials set up at a small table for children to explore. This can be sand, play dough, water beads, etc., but each invitation is related to an interest or theme we have been exploring together.
9:2o-9:35 Morning Meeting
Together on our button rug, we sing songs, do yoga and share a story together.
9:35-10:00 Art/Free Play
Our art projects have consisted of clay, watercolor resist, oil pastel, collage, print making and much more! Projects tend to center around a story read or theme we’ve been exploring together. Emphasis is placed on the process, rather than the product and children are free to participate in the art project for as long as they wish.
As each child completes their art, they are invited to explore our playroom and sensory bins.
10:00-10:15 Second Meeting
Calendar, music, story or discussion – depending on the day’s flow/theme.
10:15-10:45 Art/Free Play II
10:45 – 11:00 Goodbye Circle
Above are the ‘bones’ of our time together, but we are also flexible with timing, allowing the children to move and explore materials and activities at their own together.
Please check this gallery for some of our favorite explorations so far.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our Playgroup and Together Time, so please feel free to visit our Facebook page or send us an e-mail (wearecreativeandcurious[at]gmail.com)!