Play materials can come from recycled items or purchased items.
Here's a tip that someone gave me years ago to help me unlock my own creativity:
To adapt this to coming up with things for kids, ask:
Save Your Recycled Items:
Think the old adage:
Collect Environmental Items:
You can press the flowers and leaves by putting them between scrap paper or wax paper and putting them in a large book until they are flat and dry. Then they can be glued to projects as needed.
Ask the businesses when it would be good for them to have you pick up the items so you don't inconvenience them. They may be thrilled just to get rid of the items and have them recycled for another use.
Ask friends to save things for your play materials also. Most often they will be happy to do this if they know what kinds of things you would be interested in. It is recycling in a useful sense.
Stickers and Glue (either homemade or purchased) can be other fun materials.
Some things you might want to purchase. If you can get things cheap enough, they become a good source of materials.
You probably have your own ideas. You may have thought of play materials I never would have come up with. Please take time to share with us, and I will share it with everyone.
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