Fluffy dough making - 15th September 2021
This morning while we were waiting for our friends to come in, I asked if they would all like to make fluffy dough Ruby, Pico and Mikaere were all eager to come help me make it. We went for a walk to the kitchen to get a bowl some spoons, corn flour and conditioner we all sat down and started pouring the cornflour and conditioner into the bowl then we begin mixing it I passed it around the table so we all had a turn. I accidentally added too much conditioner so the children helped me pour more cornflour into the mixture to make the right consistency. The children wanted to smell the conditioner so I handed it to Ruby she said it smelt like popcorn and Mikaere said "it smells so yummy". Now the mixture is ready I asked the children would they like the fluffy dough white or should we colour it. "let's" put some colour in it was the reply. I added a few drops of colouring into each white ball and here I let the children knead their own. The children seem to enjoy watching the colours mix in the dough. I asked the children what they were making when over came Hunter to join us.
Mikaere said "I'm rolling balls to make a funny face"
Hunter- "I tried to make ginger bread man but it didn't work"
Ruby -"I'm making cupcakes but it didn't work either I mushed up all the colours together but still don't work." Pico- "I tried to make a cake with Ruby" Hunter S walked over and he wanted a turn so they all broke off some pieces to share with him then Hunter H said "look baby Hunter has some too now." We packed up after a little bit to go outside but as soon as we came back inside for rest time they were all eager to get it out again.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating. The children were excited to problem solve and experiment as we mixed colours and made the dough.
This learning experience links to Piaget's theory as he believes children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell and move the things they are learning about, it's called concrete 'learning'.
Critical Reflection: This activity went really well, they enjoyed being hands on and choosing their own colours for their dough. I used questioning throughout to ask them what it looked like, how it felt, and what they were making. I observed and supported the children throughout the activity and watched as thy added their own extras to the play, I involved myself and interacted with them in a positive way. Follow up- more sensory activities.