I have been thinking a lot about our school’s upcoming transition to a new space. It s still a way off and I have a lot to work through until we get to that point. But, one of the things to think about are the toys that will be offered in the new school. I have been observing what the children currently love and have loved in the past. As the new school will have some new children alongside current children, of course these interests may change.
Without a doubt, throughout the past year the most used ‘toys’ are the playsilks, playstand, cushions, dolls, wooden food, pots and pans and books. It is fascinating. These are items that open themselves to such imaginative play. Every day the play is different, although the same objects are used.
I introduce other toys and whilst they are excitedly incorporated into play they soon are forgotten and the children return to the items listed above.
One thing I wanted to ask you is your experience with toys and children, in particular for boys. I try so hard not to focus on gender but I do currently only have one boy in my school. I would love to have input from teachers with a more diverse classroom!