Spontaneous: Educators in the morning like to set up the outdoor stage area as the babies play area. We place lots of soft toys, sensory toys and colourful baby books made of cloths. We had few babies today and they loved exploring the area. Elya is our new baby and she played with baby toys and loved her tummy time while playing with Hunter. Hunter crawled everywhere and explored every toy in the area. Jack came straight over to Hunter and played along side of him. Then Jack picked up the baby book and turned the pages. Abuk is new and she is still settling in our Joey's room. Abuk was attracted to Bead maze and liked to move them up and down. Aarvi is settling well and she explored the baby toys in her own pace. Then she moved on to play with the sensory toys. Babies in Joey's room had a very active play this morning. Active play in children encourages movement which is vital for the health of children's hearts, bones and muscles. Active play allows the children to develop gross motor, balance, movement and coordination skills.
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Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. Babies are building secure attachments with one and then more familiar educators.
This learning experience can be linked to Bowlby's theories. He believes that children who have strong positive attachments to familiar caregivers use them as a safe base which to explore the environments.
Critical Reflection: As educators we arranged a play area for the babies to explore both indoor and outdoor. We placed some baby toys, sensory toys and colourful baby books made of cloth. We acknowledged and responded positively to babies cues and signals. We also support babies secure attachment through consistent and warm nurturing relationships. Follow Up: Sensory play activities for babies.