TRURO, N.S. – To some people the items spread across the Civic Square might have looked like junk, but to the children who dropped by one morning this week, it was a treasure trove of play equipment.
The Jane Norman College hosted a “loose parts” play event, allowing children to find fun in a variety of items, not often found at child-care centres including brick, sections of pipe, a tarp and a large tire.
The college has a Remida Centre, which is designed around the belief that materials that might be thrown away can have a new life in children’s play.
The centres are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in Italy to encourage children to take risks, problem solve and use their creativity.
Local businesses have donated items for the Remida Centre and the college is making them available, through its resource centre, to all local daycares.