An invitation to play is an arrangement or environment we create that encourages:
exploration, investigation, manipulation, creative play and much more!
This set up includes: paper butterflies, play frogs, sandstones, jeweled bracelets, real plants and a big plastic fly.
A couple of responses:
Our biggest invitation to play of the week, a giant cardboard box.
Clay, Turtles, Rocks and Flowers (and a puzzle piece? :) )
We talk in our circle time about inviting friends to play. As you all know, each child is unique. One child may individually engage in materials or an art work for some time, while another seeks out the kinship of a playmate to share in the joys of art and play. For many, it is the first time navigating social interactions, community and friendships outside of the family construct and guidance.
In our class, new and seasoned preschoolers alike, are doing a great job of making friends. Sometimes it is personality that draws two or together, many times it is a common interest. We talk about creating an environment where it is ok to make close friends and play with someone new, if the opportunity arises. And, it's ok to want space or take a break from a friend. We talk about moving through our day with kindness.