Planned: Koala Corner is celebrating Children's Week which is a national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. Today we decided to celebrate this by doing face painting experience for the children. Our Possums and Joeys were so very excited for this experience and gathered around the face painting tables. As the lines got longer and our Possums and Joeys becoming impatient we decided to create a schedule where children's places in the cue was held and were called out when it was their turn. At first our Possums and Joeys were hesitant to follow through with this strategy but was more willing to do so when they were reassured by Educators. One by one children were asked what they would like painted on their skin from the printouts of designs. We had a lot of boys choose spider man face paint and a number of Joeys choosing butterflies. Some were comfortable to have their face painted while others were more comfortable with hand paintings. Either way it was wonderful to see our Possums and Joeys joining in group activities extending their experiences.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts. In this experience children have demonstrated their ability to gain meaning from images as they request their own style of face painting.
This learning experience can be linked to Bowlby's theories. He believes that when familiar cargivers respond warmly and consistently to young children they form confident self identities and emotional bonds. This is important for healthy emotional and social development.
Critical Reflection: As Educators we were able to set out experiences that are fun, inviting and bring joy to children. Taking cue from the children and observing the environment, Educators found ways to ensure the environment and experience was safe and productive and all children had a turn and were still able to enjoy the rest of their morning. This also encouraged turn taking skills, where children's trust was built as we provided consistency in ensuring their turn wasn't missed or pushed back or forward. Overall the children really enjoyed this experience, and Educators are in discussion over repeating this experience more often instead of only special events. Follow Up: Repeat experience