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Fall Pie Play-Dough with Loose Parts

Creating invitations with loose parts and play-dough with materials that connect what’s currently happening, provokes a child to be more aware of their surroundings and deepen their connections with the world. Since the season of fall brings about apples and pumpkins, setting an invitation to make fall pie is a great way to learn about what is growing this time of year.

This invitation was created with Colorations Dough in Red, Brown, and Orange. The loose parts are: wooden leaves and pumpkins, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkin pukta pods. Lastly, an array of wooden tools to roll and mold the the play-dough as well as pie baking pans.

Invitations with open ended materials enhance a child's free creative play, exposure to sensory elements, requires concentration, and are truly relaxing & stimulating. Through this kind of experience children are really creating: using what they have and what they already know, and combining that to create a whole that’s greater than the parts. Loose parts play give a child the ability to be creative and the freedom of imagination in endless ways. Loose parts are dynamic in nature, which brings about authenticity of ideas. The more variables an object offers the more possibilities and creativity the object will have.

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