Miscellaneous Physical Play Playing in Trees
- Climbing Game, Dramatic Play, Forbidden Game and Physical Play
Playing in trees - most schools don't allow children to climb trees but children still like to play in them.
At School 01
Sitting in low, twisted tree branches, talking. Climbing of trees forbidden.
At School 19
Tree climbing - sitting in branches. Running and hiding amongst closely planted trees. Sword fighting using sticks behind trees. Playing 'Build-ups' - chasey game where 'it' tags someone, then they too become 'it'. Each child tagged joins the chasing group until the last child is caught.
Dramatic Play. Students live in tree branches. They are angels. Seagulls and other students on the oval are demons. The angels have special powers to protect themselves.
Dramatic Play. Home making amongst trees and shrubs. Three bear sisters live together. Stick fence construction, foliage garden, foliage sweeping broom. Two coloured bubble-blowing sticks inserted into dirt - warning signals for the bears. Green - safe to leave the house. Red - danger, stay inside.
I observed a teacher request they get down and stop climbing.