We are delighted to be taking part in '100 days of Play' today, every day for more than 100 days different Kids bloggers are sharing their play ideas. You can check out the list of great bloggers below.
We've been on a bit of an experimenting kick recently following our DIY Water Wheel and Simple Circuits so we continued our play the other day by letting the boys tinker with and explore an everyday object - in our case an old remote control.
We started off by taking a look at the remote control and I asked the boys to write down or draw what they thought might be inside. They came up with wires, a screw, buttons and a light.
Then they set about exploring. Any chance they're given the boys want to use 'real' tools, so I gave them a screwdriver each, unfortunately the remote didn't contain any screws (whoops! Bad planning by me!), but they still enjoyed poking everything with a screwdriver each!
They checked out the battery compartment then we split the casing open.
Inside we found a circuit board with light.
Plus lots of rubbery buttons.
The boys really enjoyed exploring the remote and discussing the various bits. They poked it a lot with their screwdrivers and when they'd had enough they took the various components off with them to include them in their imaginary play.
Before, we finished I got the boys to look back over what they thought would be inside the remote and compare it to what was actually inside, this promoted a bit more discussion about what did what, why there weren't any screws etc.
We really enjoyed this and should any other appliances or gadgets in the house get broken I'm definitely doing this one again!
For more play ideas check out the bloggers below, or for tinkering specific ideas try my Tinkering Pinterest Board.
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