Starting points We took the theme of ‘post’, offered the kind of materials you would normally use when posting anything and played with them. We didn’t prescribe what should be done with them but we watched the ideas the children came up with themselves.
We popped, jumped on, cut, tore and wrapped ourselves in bubble wrap. Then we began to wrap other things, mostly books, and added more materials such as brown paper and tape. It’s interesting that even though the children played with the materials in their own way, they were also copying what they have seen people around them doing when they are getting things ready to post.
Conversations began about who they were creating parcels for – usually mummy or daddy.
We also introduced labels and stamps and bags and the children put the parcels in the bags and carried them around.
• bubble wrap • string • brown paper • envelopes, • stamps • parcel tape and sellotape • bags • scales
We got a set of scales to weigh our parcels and a small group played together with the scales for about an hour weighing different things they found around the nursery like train track and bricks and cups and even using the scales upside down.