Category Archives: Learning Through Play

Musical Instruments and Noise-Makers

Many instruments can be used with a group of children but some are expensive, some take up a lot of space, some are difficult to play. Ideally the adult should be free to sing and move about with the children so any large instrument such as a piano, or wind instruments such as a recorder, ...

Making books

There are several ways of making books. Sheets of sugar or craft paper stapled together with a cover of vinyl wallpaper is the quickest and simplest method. Good quality board or card joined with heavy quality passe-partout is stronger still. For small books postcards (used double by sticking them together with Sellotape) are easily available ...

Shakers

These are essentially some kind of unbreakable, safe container containing rattle material. (They may be called cioccolos if they are long and cylindrical; marraccas if they have handles and come in pairs.) Suitable containers include strong scouring-powder canisters with all trace of powder removed and covered with vinyl wallpaper stuck on with Copydex after the rattle ...

Story-Telling in the Nursery Group

Whatever their inclination and ability in telling stories and reading books to their own children, many adults confess to being extremely nervous in trying to tell stories in the nursery group. There seem to be two areas of apprehension – not being able to remember the story and not being able to control the group ...

Rhythm Sticks and Blocks

These are no more than two pieces of wood which are knocked together to provide a rhythm. Dowelling rod of various thicknesses cut in 9-inch lengths or blocks of hardwood about 2-inch by 4-inch by I-inch are useful. These should be rubbed down with very fine sandpaper and they look better if the corners are ...

Props

Story-telling props, as suggested earlier, can be very useful when telling stories to young children and are often very much enjoyed by older children. The story of a child going off to buy a present for Granny is much more fun if the various objects considered as suitable presents can be handed round – the ...

Bell Instruments

These are very satisfying to make, usually much cheaper and often of better quality than one can buy. Basically they consist of good quality ‘cat’ or ‘jingle’ bells attached singly or in groups to some kind of handle. They can be bought in four different sizes from ^-inch to I f~inch and are finished in ...

Planning for Story Sessions in the Nursery Group

While nursery groups will vary in minor details in their approach to story sessions each has to make various considerations: when they should tell stories, for how long, how large the group of children should be, how wide their repertoire needs to be for the age group of children, how often to introduce new stories, ...

Razey-Razeys

The true South American razey-razey is a cylindrical length of hollow wood with regular notches along one side. When stroked with a flat piece of wood it makes a rather spine-tickling duck-squawk noise. They are not generally available to buy and would be too expensive if they were but they can be improvised quite easily. ...

Other Instruments to Make from Bamboo

Occasionally it is possible to obtain one of the long bamboo poles manufacturers place in the centre of a wide roll of carpet. These can be cut with a tenon saw and if one aims each time to cut across a joint the result is a useful collection of pieces of different lengths, some having ...