Games to play on the balcony with children: a place - a magical refuge

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Games to play on the balcony with the children

Un balcony, even a small one, in this period is a great fortune. Let's make the most of it together with the children, to ease the limitation of freedom that we are all experiencing, taking a cue from the suggestions and imaginative ideas of Marta Stella, pedagogist and author of the site mammechefatica.


Games to play on the terrace with the children

Games on the balcony: sheets, colors, plans and fantasy

Games to play on the terrace with the children: we prepare a gourmet snack

Online lessons and teaching on the balcony with children

Games to play on the terrace with the children

"The balcony, in recent weeks, can become a refuge for children - explains Marta - a somewhat magical place where the little ones can be in the open air independently - obviously monitored -, a synonymous with freedom, a place all to oneself. Depending on the age of the child and the size of the balcony, one can think of giving shape to this shelter, for example with a tent or even with a simple sheet attached to the windowsill or supported by two sticks. For very young children, or for those with a very small balcony, even one is enough cardboard that you become her house, his office, to imitate mum and dad who go to work on the pc. In this space, let your child free to play and also to get dirty without too many thoughts, favoring in this period the recovery of the creativity. Let him play with the land or with sand, to simulate the activities from beach: also of the yellow flour, along with a bucket and dell 'water: children need to do some paciughi! It will be a way to remember the experience of the sea, of freedom, to enjoy a feeling that we are all losing a little. If the children ask us why they can't go out, let's not change the subject: we answer serenely and remind them all the beautiful things we have done in these days, magarsi by writing a list, which we will then read to friends, telling how beautiful our balcony was, which will almost become an evocative image ".

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Games on the balcony: sheets, colors, plans and fantasy

"The idea, therefore, is to let the children transfer their world and their belongings in the shelter on the balcony. Let them carry bambole e cars, and that even an activity like the drawing move outside, playing with the space available: if you have enough, bring out a old sheet to paint, or a bill. Children have absorbed the dynamics dictated by the pandemic: they are likely to explain to their toys that you go out for a while and then come back in because the virus is there, and rightly so. Naturally, the gardening, ideal for practicing on the balcony: this is aguided activity, children must be accompanied in sowing, waiting, taking care of the seedlings that are wet every other day, placed in the sun and so on. It is a beautiful job that teach the child to take care of something and it has an almost poetic value ".

An idea always on the subject of plant care could be to cut the bottom of a bottle, fill it with earth and plant seeds in it. "Two side holes must then be made on the bottle to tie a string, facing each other (or alternatively the string can also be fixed with two turns of scotch tape)" - he explains Marta Versiglia, educator of the CPP and author of the book "Montessori Outdoor Games" (Bur) - "So the bottle can also be hung with a nail on the wall, if the balcony is small".

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Games to play on the terrace with the children: we prepare a gourmet snack

"The balcony-refuge also lends itself well to becoming a place for snacks and special picnics. Children like it more preparation than the activity itself, then encourage them to create a tray of cardboard and cook a small snack together: one cake and cookies they will be fine, but embellish them with powdered sugar. Choose carefully beverages, the glasses and napkins, a tablecloth suitable for this purpose. Don't worry about space, it will be fine even if very small: the nice thing is that with their imaginative power children will never stop to look, to evaluate if a space is large or small; that we adults do. Children know travel with the mind, and their balcony-refuge can easily become a large green lawn ".


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Online lessons and teaching on the balcony with children

"Children don't always want to participate in online lessons. If they find it difficult to follow video lessons and remote teaching, try transferring them to the balcony too: changing the context is likely to change the reaction as well. Create the right location, put a mat it's a pillow on the ground and create curiosity: who knows who will be beyond the screen? The older ones, of course, can also bring themselves books of study and novels, to read in the sun. On the balcony you can hear the music and you can even invent some fun-educational activities, for example with i puppets. A cardboard is enough to make a small theater. If there is a creative dad in the family, he could build one together with his children mini-kite to attach to the cornice, with the sticks of the skewers and tissue paper. Better, however, to avoid ballet and games in motion, for a simple matter of safety". Even soap bubbles, if they float off the balcony railing, have something magical about them.


Martha Stella she is an educator and author of the site mammechefatica.


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