A guide to finding authentic resources
Ahoy there me hearties! If you have been on board ‘The Curiosity Approach’ armada recently, you’ll understand that it’s all about TREASURE!! Beautiful authentic resources rescued from car boots up & down the land, turning trash into treasure!! Bright shiny beautiful items, eclectic random treasure that captures children & educators’ imagination. Resources that offer value to play, bringing a mix of textures and stimulus that no plastic Elsa or Disney embossed tea set can offer. See your play spaces transform from bright primary coloured overload to a treasure trove of visual beauty that is individual to the items collected. Who wouldn’t want to learn, play & explore in a treasure basket of shiny unusual items? And to feel like you’ve been transported to a magical place where deep learning comes to life.
How do we find these treasures? We live in a technological age, purchasing resources is at our finger tips, however until The Curiosity Approach gets its selling page up and running or showcases treasure at our development days you guys will have to become Treasure Hunters just like us! You’ll have to make a little effort and wander the aisles of your local car boot. To some of you this may sound an adventure, to others quite daunting and a bit out of your comfort zone.
It really isn’t difficult and we will give you the tools necessary to find your own beautiful authentic resources; to purchasing a few items or a huge collection, allowing you to deliver some magical learning opportunities for children, empowering them to be responsible learners who delve into deeper sustained levels of thinking, problem solving, imagination and holistic development.
Let’s get started! It can be quite over whelming, where do you start? Feeling self-conscious eyeing up other people’s stalls and rummaging around in their junk!
Right guys, my fellow Curiosity magpies let’s get our minds in gear!
Set the scene – Listen carefully. You are on a mission to bring beautiful resources to your children, to find amazing resources that stimulate their senses, their imagination and creativity. This isn’t about YOU!!
Never mind what you think they’ll do with these treasures. It’s about our amazing confident little learners. Don’t worry if a teapot is stained inside with years of tea. A bit of cola left to soak for a few hours will bring that stainless-steel teapot up shining like brand new!!
Head to a stall that’s run by a ‘family’, Mum, Dad and a few kids in toe. It’s a stall that’s a mix of random items. Steer clear of the children’s section – those disguarded, unused plastic toys. The ones they got bored of! The hint is there, they got bored of them!! Step away from the traders’ stall, these are heavily priced and you won’t come away with a bargain.
For today’s first challenge, we are looking for shiny stuff! Anything that catches the light. Our first treasure adventure is to salvage, rescue and find all things stainless steel!!
Once you have your eye open for just ONE type of resource – you’ll focus on finding these treasures, they will soon start jumping out at you & you’ll even spot them from a few stalls along.
So, let’s start at the beginning; once you’ve mastered the art of spotting one type of treasure you can advance onto the next level and keep your eyes peeled for other wondrous beauties that lie unloved and uncherished waiting for a whole new adventure in the hands of our little learners.
Treasure awaits! Look out for:-
Sieves / Colanders
Ice cream dishes
Tea bag tweezers
Decorative dishes Plates
Serving spoons Bowls
Jewellery tree stands
So my fellow Curiosity Approach treasure hunters, remember your bags to carry your loot in. Your gold & silver coins to purchase oodles of treasure.
Build rapport with the seller, explain what you’re looking for and why you want it. The older generation love to think that their stainless-steel tea pot will be lovingly played with by children. Trust me, they’ll give you a better deal and also find you items you hadn’t spotted.
Be confident! Ask for a discount! For example, if items are 50p each and you’ve found 3 pieces you’ve got your eye on – ask “Can I have 3 for £1.00?” PLEASE
Most importantly – go on an adventure, this isn’t meant to be a chore, it’s fun! Have your children at the forefront of your mind, remember WHY you’re purchasing these items. Think about the amazing play spaces you’ll create and the incredible opportunities for learning.
Be curious, have fun, make a difference!
This article was written by Stephanie Bennett, One of the Co-founders of The Curiosity Approach, alongside Lyndsey Hellyn. We're more than just another consultancy company, together we want to impact on early years. To make a change to the educational system. To inspire practitioners to bring back curiosity, awe and wonder to childhood and to the lives of educators.
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