Nightmare Before Christmas Small World Play
When a child shows extreme interest in a subject matter, creating invitations to build upon their curiosity honors their learning process by letting them be active collaborators. So sometimes, when you are in the thick of watching the same movie over and over like we are with Nightmare Before Christmas, creating an invitation through open-end play can provide for a meaningful experience to guid a child's exploration in something they are genuinely interested in.
To set this invitation in tuff tray, Haunted Houses Excellerations® Building Brilliance® Magnetic Clear, Halloween Critters, Skulls, Tombstones, Bones/Skulls, Creepy Cloth, and Nightmare Before Christmas Figurines were provided.
Small world play accompanied with loose parts & STEM materialsare a great way for extending literacy, language, imaginary play, and tactile play. Through this play they can reenact what they see in stories, movies, shows, experiences, and environments around them to deepen their understanding of the world. This type of play can be defined as where children accept and assign roles, then act them out.
When children engage in this type of play they break through the walls of reality, use their imagination, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, explore different worlds, and have actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play.
Play is an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, & social studies, in a timely natural manner. They are able to play and manipulate a variety of materials and textures that stimulate their mind and body while deepening their connection and understanding of the world.