October 14th, 2011 | posted by: Lynette

“Scrapstore PlayPods™” – bringing a new, old-fashioned idea for creative, open-ended play to schools

The Scrapstore PlayPod™ provides a container full of materials and equipment (loose parts) that can stimulate, facilitate and enhance children’s play.

The video below gives an example of how access to materials like tires, cloths, crates, and spare, loose parts from the “Playpod” can offer children the opportunity to experience higher levels of creative activity and cooperation during playtime.

When I was a kid, my friends and I had “forget-to-come-home-for-dinner” fun building “forts” and other installations in empty lots using scraps of construction materials, fallen branches, leaves,…whatever we could get our hands on. Not only were we building with our hands, but we made up elaborate stories about our “village” as we went along. Watching the school kids play in the video below reminds me a lot of those magical playtimes!

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