The emergency exit to outdoor learning...
Looks so mesmirizing to me with the colored magnetic chips. If you pull it taut do you get the nice raindrops sound if raining? This seems like a nice item to have for days when it is is gloomy and rainy out.
I just realized something so great about the transparent tarp, and maybe I'm just slow to get this part of it,....but we as teachers and adults can SEE the children through it. It is an issue here in the states, schools do not allow children to build dens and "hide" on the playground, msotly because of safety. With the transparent tarp, it gives the feeling of a fort or den for the children, but we can observe the children. I'm adding a transparent tarp to my bag of tricks for sure!
Yes, the magnetic chips do make a noise and for this purpose many objects can be used this way which adds to the level of experimentation! The downside is that on windy days everything can be blown off!Amy - you are correct, some people do find this aspect of transparent tarp and other materials reassuring. However, it's perfectly possible for schools to selectively prune their bushes and shrubs so that it's easier to look through them. It is terribly sad that this sort of action is perceived to be necessary.
I love the idea of having transparent tarp and I never realised it was so reasonably priced. I think the older children would love to play with it too. Thanks for sharing- you've given me lots of ideas :)
I really want some coloured magnetic chips now! I can see so much potential in them. Please could you say where you got them? I looked online and the price was cheap but the handling fee was £10 and then tax was added on top...
Hi SophieI got my magnetic chips from the Cosy catalogue - see phone number above. Yes P&P seem to be the issue. The other place to look is science centres and shops. for example in Edinburgh there's Science Sleuth. they might be up for a little negotiation here. I think part of it is that these have been an education resource so marketed through education catalogues where schools place a bigger order. saying that I haven't checked out Amazon or EBay. If anyone else happens to have a right idea here, could they let me know?
Thanks very much for that, Juliet - I'd checked eBay and hadn't seen anything better. Perhaps I'll start with transparent tarp people, given I'm also interested in that. Cheers!
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