Use the following questions to guide some reflective thinking about Prompts and Provocations with open-ended materials.  Write in your own notebook or digital document.


  • How might you create a Cardboard Playground on a small scale?

  • What steps might you take to create more opportunities to observe children at play?

  • What materials might you offer to infants?  Young toddlers?

  • How might you engage families with materials to explain their educational purpose?

  • Are there any barriers to you implementing this kind of exploration in your setting?  What are they, and what steps do you need to overcome them?

  • What are your personal reservations about this kind of play?