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Last term, as part of a P1 Skogsmulle session, we built some stick seats. We began with nice big sticks and then piled on increasingly smaller sticks. As you can see we used a criss-cross design to keep plenty of holes in there for the air to get in. Eventually we ended up putting on leaves and other less pokey material. We didn't put moss on as there is a strict collection code in Scotland. Also moss holds water. Lots of it. So it can be a very wet seat if moss is used.
Sadly there wasn't a lot of dry material around on that day. We were outside just after a wet spell. So the children, who always have really good ideas, decided the stick seat would be much more comfortable with a few sit-upon-seats. We did the arm test to make sure the seat was suitably thick enough. To do this you have to thrust your arm into the middle of the seat. If the brashings come up to your elbow then the seat has enough depth. A good fun natural measuring activity for these children.
There is something special about dogs. Many children love attaching a piece of string to a stick and then dragging it along the ground as a pet dog.
Older children often take the role play in to dog shows and training events.
Some children like to be dogs and are quite happy to go and fetch a thrown stick!
This photo doesn't tell the whole story. This two-year old spotted the plastic planks near a pram. She went over and spent a long time untangling the leads before playing with them. No adult came to her rescue. She learned to do the job through perserverance. Sometimes it's all too easy for practitioners to be overhelpful yet the real learn and independence comes through waiting, observing and seeing if one is called upon to assist.