Age Group: All Ages
Nature’s Instruments Wacky Posts are irregularly shaped posts hewn from trees with large knots and twists, and encourage creative and dramatic play. With the imagination and creativity of children, these simple posts are transformed into store fronts, forts mazes and frames for leaf or snow forts. This item requires installation.
Sensory Processing: Tactile, Visual, Proprioceptive, Vestibular
Motor: Eye-Hand Coordination, Core Strength, Upper Body Strength, Balance, Coordination, Crossing at the Midline, Motor Planning
Cognitive: Problem-Solving, Focus, Attention, Comprehension
Social/Emotional: Parallel, Joint or Cooperative Play, Turn-Taking, Self-Regulation
Communication: Expressive and Receptive Language
These simple, carved posts add so much to a natural playground. This component supports dramatic play, expressive language, gross motor development, social skills and sensory skills. Wacky posts offer nice structural supports for building forts that engage children in working together, problem-solving and expressing themselves. These forts can be carried over into a dramatic play by simply adding natural loose parts or large swaths of fabric, reinforcing children’s creative, expressive and social skills. The wacky posts also offer a tactile experience with contrasting smooth and knotted textures and an irregularly curved shape. Children can also try and climb the posts, an activity that supports the development of core and upper body strength. Adding ropes or slack lines between the posts is another fun and simple way to support balance, core strength, upper body strength, coordination and motor planning.