I really enjoy the Tinkerlab blog and I love seeing the photos on Instagram with the #creativetable hastag the Rachelle started.
I’ve been joining in.
I have been setting up “stations” since reading the Playful Learning book. I was inspired to have materials on hand that were easy to access and displayed beautifully. I think that kids love to dive in when things are inviting.
I use a couple of ikea wooden caddies as well as a letter holder from on office supplies store as my main pieces and I swap and change the contents to keep it interesting. Pencils, textas, stickers, stamps, crayons, pastels, glue, scissors, sticky tape, rulers, masks, cards, post-it notes. The possibilities are endless.
Does it get messy? Yes. Creating is often messy work and a clean up and replenish that station multiple times a day. Sometimes MULTIPLE multiple times. But I think even if I pack it up 20 times it maybe takes no more than 10 minutes out of my whole day to keep everything from ending up in chaos. Not much in the scheme of things.
I must confess to keeping things out of there that require lots of help and supervision and we save those for times when I can actively be involved.
The rest of the times the kids help themselves. Sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours. Always for fun.
And it’s my pleasure to create and keep a space that sparks their creativity and makes them so happy.
I’m joining in with Owlet for unschool Monday