You might be forgiven for thinking we’ve opened a second-hand shop at Tiny Tops Bordon with bric a brac. The children can be found playing with ordinary household items such as curtain rings, photo frames and blankets. Where are all the toys? The bright plastic toys? At Tiny Tops we follow the curiosity approach and loose parts play approach.
The Curiosity Approach is the brainchild of two nursery owners in the Midlands, Lyndsay Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett. The ethos is about using a child’s natural curiosity to go back to basics with the use of wooden resources, ordinary household items and bric-a-brac. The children learn to use record players to play music, and typewriters. It’s been a great success at and it really encourages the children to use their imagination. The children lay the lunch and tea table with lace/embroidered tablecloths china plates and teapots for their juice instead of plastic jugs.
Children make dens out of fabric, pegging it to a table edge, including wooden planks to create a path into the den, and canes and orange tissue paper to create an imaginary campfire.
It is all based on the children’s imaginations, so they make items into whatever they want them to be. Nobody is telling them what the toys are and what they have to do.
Registration is a pile of stones with the children’s names on and they have to find their name and pop it in the basket. So it’s out with the big bright coloured plastic tubs of plastic toys and in with the homely items. Some would say it is like taking a step back in time and it is in a way – back to basics but the children love every minute of it, we hope you do to by introducing some of it in your home to !