Planned: The children in the Joey room are really interested in Fire engines, Cars and Trucks so I thought it would be a good idea to set up an activity for the children to explore. I made a up a fire engine as a guideline for the children to follow. But as we know our children are of different ages I let them put the fire engine together however they thought it looked like. Nathan and Hunter were first to have a turn. Nathan put the wheels of the engine onto the paper together then added the window then the ladder on top of the wheels he was so excited yelling out "fire truck, fire truck"and even after he finished he wanted to walk around the room showing the children his work. Hunter put his wheels on nearly in the right spot and then he put his ladder sideways which was quite cute. Pilar and Marlee ran over next and using the glue added their pieces. Pilar put her items all in a row where as Marlee was able to put the wheels in the right spot then adding the ladder and window by looking back at the engine that I had for them to follow. Jayden and Tilly loved the glue stick putting the pieces together the way they wanted too. We decided to put Ezekaiah and Jack V into their high chairs and let them have a turn. Ezekaiah loved to throw the paper onto the floor but I did manage to get him to put some pieces onto his engine even as the paper stuck to his fingers making him laugh. Jack V did pretty good for his first try even though the paper stuck to his fingers too. Mila put her ladder on the back of her engine then the wheels and the window and when she was finished she gave a big smile.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. Children engaged in the experience well trying really hard to put the pieces together in the way they wanted to.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning.
Critical Reflection: This activity was from the interest of the children liking fire engines and trucks. I set up the activity to be of age appropriate and for the children to put the items onto the fire engine however they thought the items belonged. Follow up: Read a story about Fire Engines.