Water When the sun is out, water play is the best! Water can enhance a learning experience while also adding a whole lot of fun. Sea creatures and other animals in water with wood, shells or leaves is great for prompting children’s imaginary play. Adding spoons and scoops to water play supports the development of fine motor skills and promotes early numeracy as children fill and empty containers, experiencing concepts of volume and weight. The water wheels are so much fun as water pours through and we can see how fast the wheel can spin! With painted brushes and chalk, we can use water to paint on the ground or on the chalkboard. Water is also amazing when set up in the sandpit. With some flowing water, we can work together to dig out rivers for our water to run. We also love to mix sand and water together in buckets to change the consistency, using it to pretend to make cupcakes in the sandpit kitchen. As a teacher supported activity, we used coloured water in bottles to create vortexes and fountains so we can see the movement of water as it’s being pushed by the air. There are so many experience that can be created by just adding water! #multiagelearning #MessyPlay #workingtogether#younglearners#nature#relationships#openendedplay#learningtogether#childactivitiespromotethinkingskills#headstart#hobsonvillechildcare#childcare#ECE#earlychildhood#multiagecentre#waterplay#waterplay#waterplayfun #waterplayday #waterplaytime #waterplay#waterplayideas ... See MoreSee Less
We love Sand! Sand is an amazing natural resource with a wealth of opportunities for learning! Playing with sand encourages children to scoop, pour, mix (fine motor skills) as well as to dig with shovels and push diggers (gross motor skills) and supports children to develop co-ordination skills. In the sandpit children can explore a range of interests such as construction with the trucks, or cooking in the mud kitchen, or even dinosaurs stomping in a swamp! Sand and water play support children’s early numeracy concepts as they discover how to use volume, weight, buoyancy and even velocity (sandpit marble run!) within their play. Children also encounter science concepts in the sandpit as they explore cause and effect, malleability, and experiment with textures. The sandpit is always a popular area to be involved in as it’s a great place to for children to both enjoy solitary play and social play. Sand feels great to play with, using our hands and feet to enjoy the sensory experience. So whether its at the beach or in the sandpit, sand play is so much fun!
Using our natural environment to foster learning through play. Our tamariki love exploring the outside world and we are lucky enough to have gardens with amazing insects living in them. The tamariki carefully dig in the garden to find the worms, then transfer them to a container to observe them, they love watching how they wriggle. To support learning we have lots of experiences based on insects and the world around us. Teaching tamariki to be kaitiaki – our warriors of the natural environment which also links to our sustainable practices of being kind to our Papatūānuku – our Earth and to have respect for nga pekapeka – our frogs as Rika lets the children who are brave to hold them very gently. Looking at the world through different viewpoints is why children like exploring high and low places – like the bridge and in the tyres, and stomping in puddles, balancing on logs and being confident moving on different surfaces all help in developing spatial awareness and physical abilities. Organising our trucks and construction sites are also an interest with all the construction around us – watching them work and how to manipulate the trucks and the earth and resources that trucks move. Children are fascinated with colours and manipulating tools, so developing their fine motor skills through using petites show focus and concentration as they have to observe and mindful of what they are doing. It creates a calmness as they work at this activity. Links to Te Whariki: Kaiako support mokopuna to engage respectfully with, and to have aroha for, Papatūānuku. They encourage an understanding of kaitiakitanga and the responsibilities of being a kaitiaki by, for example, caring for rivers, native forest, and birds.
Creativity Our children have such a drive to play and engage with their environment. We are pleased to see them develop their skills at creating by themselves, in groups and with their teachers. Our children construct amazing creations with blocks and other media. Luckily we have special teachers that design activities that are creative and fun for the tamariki and encourage open ended play – like animal stations to explore the natural world and spring flowers to explore now the weather is warmer and play to sort with small materials like ‘gems’. Planned activity times like creating a ‘shape monster’ that looks at shapes and the name shapes to eat them or a letter monster or number monster – being creative about literacy and numeracy concepts that children play with their friends. Teachers allow the environment to be the 3rd teacher with rich sensory experiences, and through planned focus learning opportunities to engage learning in a fun exciting ways that create conversations with tamariki and use the whole of the environment as a learning resource accessible to all children. Children are able to manipulate their environment and provided with appropriate equipment. “Kaiako encourage sustained shared thinking by responding to children’s questions and by assisting them to articulate and extend ideas”. Te Whāriki Kaiako - Lucy #multiagelearning#younglearners#relationships#learningtogether#workingtogether#hobsonvillechildcare#headstart#childcare#creativity#ECE#earlychildhood#art#multiagecentre#openendedplay#openendedlearning#childactivitiesideas #childactivities#childactivitiespromotethinkingskills ... See MoreSee Less
Wig Wedenesday Thank you for supporting the children having a fun ‘Hair/hat and wig day’. They children loved tyring on different wigs and adding this to their pretend play and creating new characters and dimensions to their play. They also liked seeing the teachers with crazy wigs and hats as well!! This also links to our planning focus of whanaungatanga as we share special items from home to share with others; and ask for support from whanau to donate to child cancer. Mana whenua – Belonging: They feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events Understanding how things work here and adapting to change | te mārama ki te āhua o ngā whakahaere me te mōhio ki te panoni. Mana aotūroa - exploration: » Confidence in play and a repertoire of symbolic, imaginative or dramatic play routines. Mana reo – communication: » Understanding and familiarity with music, song, dance, drama and art from a range of cultures and recognition that these media can amuse, delight, comfort, illuminate, inform and excite and that they may suit particular cultural occasions
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