That documentary ‘Babies’ has just been released on DVD and I think this article also proves what has been shown by the African babies. That sometimes, less is truly more. Not more and more toys, but instead ACCESS to what is often called ‘Loose Parts’, that is, many open-ended things (often from nature) that can be put together by the children in a myriad of ways, each play scenario different from the next through the use of their imagination and the scope of ‘toys’ that are unlabelled.
Sticks like these? Perfect example of a loose part.
Want the key to happiness?
I think these children have found it!
Take a read. It is so worth it.
A Pile of Sticks