Curious about Play

At Bellbird, we believe that 'play is a child's occupation.' Our Curious About Play articles feature inspiration, suggestions and activities to assist educators to create engaging play spaces and ideas to combine early learning resources creatively. Written specifically for educators we encourage them to approach planning room environments in a new light, and to let children's natural curiosity guide playful outcomes.

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    Introducing Yarning Circles to Your Preschool Mat Time

    A Yarning Circle is an ancient practice used by Indigenous Australian cultures to teach and learn, preserving and passing on knowledge through collaboration. Introducing this concept can deepen children's learning and build respectful relationships.
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    Incorporating Indigenous Resources in Early Learning Services

    When planning a rich curriculum that embeds indigenous practices, there are a few things to consider to ensure they become meaningful.
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    Role Play & the Importance of the Home-Corner

    Often in the home corner and dramatic play areas of the early childhood settings are easiest to set up play spaces that lend themselves to the exploration of families.
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    Resources to Inspire Connection and Belonging

    Embedding the Being, Belonging and Becoming within your curriculum and making an annual event that encourages closer inspection and focus upon the family and communities that are integral to early childhood development.
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    Curating Play Spaces that Ignite Curiosity

    Looking for ideas on how to combine resources to become play spaces that feed natural curiosity? Read on...
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    Rethinking Resources to Inspire Curious Minds

    Looking for ideas and reasons to incorporate more loose parts items into your resources? Our Educational Advisory explores the topic of loose parts and their role in fostering children's natural curiosity.
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    Setting Up Life Cycle Play Spaces

    With just a few resources it is possible to replicate those found in nature all around us. When setting up Cycles Of Life play spaces it is important to choose materials that are authentic to create the provocation for authentic learning.
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    Resources To Discover Life Cycles

    Choosing to focus on the cycles of life over longer periods of time is an important part of learning who we are and why we are here, co existing with animals and plants that sustain our lives.
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    Setting Up An Inclusive Play-Space - The Reading Corner

    Building a diverse library of books can lead to information within them translating into practical experiences in which children have the chance to live what they learn.
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    Adding To Existing Resources To Foster Inclusion

    Carefully chosen resources can help to create an inclusive setting for all children. The best materials are those that reflect open ended and divergent thinking and are often simple and understated.
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    Setting Up Your Portable Sensory Space

    Many play spaces are not purpose built which can make planning a learning environment a challenge, in order to include enriching activities which include sensory play spaces. The Fun2 Activity System is here to help!
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    Reviewing Resources To Extend Play Options In Summer

    There are often unusual and unique ways that support a child’s eye view in which they set things up that most educators would not have considered -but this is a golden opportunity to be inspired!
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