Newspaper Moosh Clay Moosh A child builds a face out of clay, and then pounds it with a mallet. Hitting Empty Bottles Moosh Anytime Opportunities to Moosh anytime are always available to children at Play Mountain Place. Patty Cake As long as it works for all involved, a moosh plan can involve others. An example of this is as simple as a game of patty cake. Adults at Play Mountain Place are careful not to dominate this type of play but rather to let the child lead, and always physically get down to the level of the child, so that power is not perceived. Moosh in Every Day Often a moosh area will be full of something to moosh as children arrive in the morning. Wrestling As long as it works for all involved, a moosh plan can involve others. An example of this is as simple as a wrestling plan. Before the plan starts, "stop words" are agreed upon, and personal limits are set, for example, "My stop word is halt, and my limit is no stomping on my feet." Mooshy-Gooshy This is a photo of a child doing what we call "mooshy-gooshy," a soft kind of moosh plan, where different plyable materials are explored and pushed, gooshed, squeezed, and experimented with! Tactile experiences are also very soothing for young children. Moosh With A Teacher This Moosh plan shows children hitting, punching and running and kicking a pillow held by a teacher. These type of plans can just be fun to do, and also help children express their feelings in safe ways. Children are encouraged to express all of their feelings at Play Mountain Place, including their anger. During times of intense emotion, people sometimes express feelings in hurtful ways, such as kicking, hitting, biting, punching, name-calling, and more. When children’s feelings are being expressed in ways that are physically or emotionally hurtful to others, teachers support and encourage children to redirect that expression to safer outlets like hitting pillows, having pillow fights, throwing balls at targets or making drawings of angry faces, and much more. These Moosh Activities help children release the intense emotions and be ready to work out the problem with their friends. Support our long tradition of innovative, child-initiated, experiential education. DONATE!