This morning the children had morning tea and morning group time at the Joey's room. After group time the children had sunscreen and went out to explore the Possum yard. Ruby and Pico went straight to the wooden table with some play dough. Ruby took a cup from the sandpit filled with sand. She mixed the sand with playdough and said, "I'm making cake". I helped them to move the table and chairs into the sandpit where Ruby and Pico sat and made some yummy cake for us. Hunter found a ball and kicked and played with it the lower soft floor area. Caleb, Jack and Pilar sat on a round red mat and played with the Legos. They tried exploring their own ideas and did construction using the Legos. Lorenzo sat on the sandpit and held a handful of sand and released it slowly onto his leg. He had a sensory play feeling the sand and had fun time to himself. Hunter.S was into everything this morning. First, he played in the slide. Then he played with the legos and moved onto the sandpit. finally, he settled with the balancing walker. The children had great morning exploring their own ideas in the Possum yard.
Active play allows children to develop gross motor, balance movement and coordination skills. Active play allows children to make their own play choices, use their problem-solving skills and create their own games and activities. Active play also enhances the fitness, health, happiness and wellbeing of children.
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Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. Children in this learning expereince explored their own ideas in the outdoor environment and took increasing responsibility for thier own health and physical well being.
This learning experience can be linked to Maslow's theories. He believes that if educators help children to meet their physical need and emotional needs then they will grow into strong, resilient and competent adults.
Critical Reflection: I supported children in their choice of play and was happy that we provided them the opportunity to have a free play and explore their own ideas. I also interacted with them in a positive way throughout their play.Follow up: Munch and Move activities. Links to - Munch and Move