By Natalia Pareja, Acorns teacher
Setting the stage for play can be as simple as hanging up a blanket.
If you hang it straight up and down, you have a home theater.
The children love to act out the stories they have heard over and over again. You may take the role of the narrator, but if you’d rather, play the audio recording of one of our stories while they act it out.
If children are familiar enough with the story, this could be a good time for them to direct their own and put on a play- I am sure they can find a talented cast of actors among their toys (or willing adults).
If you let it hang on two sides- a home or a fort!
The allowance of solitude and undirected play is important for children, these spaces provide that.
Simple additions, such as a log to sit on, a small table, a chair, even an upside-down box, give life to this home.
With a little love, you will be surprised at how these simple homes invite independent and imaginative play.
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Wild Roots staff authors include Erin Boehme, Lia Grippo, CJ Cintas, Anne McCarthy, Tyler Starbard, Jenn Sepulveda, Heather Young, Amalia Smith Hale, Natalia Pareja...