This morning the children were playing outdoors. I went and found some colourful plastic balls and a basket from the store room. I thought of playing a game with the children. I told them they needed to pick a ball from the bag and stand a few steps behind the basket and to throw the ball into the basket. The children were happy and excited to see a bag full of colourful balls. Jenayah, Pilar, Nevaeh and Aarvi gathered together to get a ball. Jenayah was able to follow the instructions and threw the ball into the basket standing back from a distance. She missed a few times but she did a great job trying. Pilar was happy to play but wanted to take the ball near the basket and throw it in and whenever she pick out a ball she would say "pink" even if the ball was green or yellow she still would say "pink". I was trying to correct her saying "it's green, then she would smile back at me and saying "pink" again. It was so funny. It made the children all laugh. Nevaeh came over and joined in with Jenayah. Marlee, Aarvi, Abuk, Nathan and Hunter played their game in their own ways. Adelaide was playing with the baby toys and was interested in watching the children play with balls. I offered her some balls and she happily played with the balls for a while. The children had great fun playing with the balls.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children were interested to play with the colourful balls and tried to play the game in their own ways.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believed that children are active learners and that the children must be given opportunities to explore, discover and experiment. These principals underpin all cognitive development.
Critical Reflection: I planned this activity as ball game and I tried to explain the idea to children but children play in their own way. I was happy that even babies were attracted to the colourful balls and were engaging in with the balls too. Follow Up: Different games each day.