One of the best parts of this online community is the sharing and building off others' ideas. My friend, Teacher Tom, started his Little World Experiment and the idea nagged at me until I finally had to implement a version myself. Wee World started as a St. Patrick's Day activity and eventually morphed into an outdoor center for imaginative play. At the end of our year last year, I packed everything away so the new class could start fresh and make a Wee World of their very own. Granted they are using some of the same materials, but it is interesting to watch this new group explore and develop what they want this area to be. They have only played in Wee World a handful of times, but it is already a very imaginative, innovative place to be on the playground.I can't wait to see how this will grow as the children do. For now, I'll happily watch them explore and imagine!
Checking out some of the structures.
Setting things up.
It doesn't matter to them that the manipulatives, or "people" don't "match". They make families and friends with whatever they have!
I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm trying to think of some neat things to add to broaden the play, such as cars. Any suggestions? Please leave me a comment!