Spontaneous: This morning the Joeys were playing in the Joeys yard. The educators planned to welcome Sandra after her holidays. I set the outdoor table with paper and colour pencils for the children to draw. I asked the children to draw some pictures for Sandra. the children said "yaaa" and came to the table. Jack F, Lucas, Abuk, Elliot and Marlee had their turn first. They all picked up a pencil and started to concentrate on their drawings. Once they finished their drawings I wrote their names on the paper and collected them to give it to Sandra. Abuk and Marlee moved away to explore the outdoor area. Hunter and Pilar joined the table with other children. Once they finished they moved on. Abuk and Pilar came back to have another turn. They were happy to have another turn and went to play. When I was about to pack away Tilly came to the table. I offered her paper and colour pencils. She gave a big smile to me and started to draw. After some time Massa (educator) got some cardboard boxes, some colour paints and brushes and put them on the ground outside. Aarvi, Jack F, Abuk, Tilly, Pilar Hunter and Elliot sat around the cardboard and explored their painting ideas. The children had a great morning exercising fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination they also experienced some social skills by sharing the resources with their peers, turn taking and playing with their friends.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world Elements: 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. The children in this learning experience were engaging in social play by sharing resources with their peers and by taking turns.
This learning experience can be linked to Gardner's theories. He saw the arts and creativity as playing major roles in children's learning. Children are able to explore many cognitive concepts through their play and creative explorations.
Critical Reflection: Educators helped children in taking turns and sharing resources. The educators helped children to clean their hands after the painting activity. Follow Up: More art and craft activities.