Gelli bath mess! - 6th October 2021
Expecting to be such a beautiful day outside today, I asked the children what they wanted to do outside and Mikaere said slime again and Hunter and Michael chimed in saying "yes slime."
So once we had sunscreen on we were ready to go outside, we got our containers, water and jelly mixture and they all eagerly waited to start, Mikaere said "look it's red jelly" and we all took turns pouring the mixture in and giving it a mix. As we started mixing the jelly, they made little comments
Maurice "so squishy like mash potatoes"
Michael "squishy and sticky"
Hunter "feels like couscous"
Pico "I love the red jelly"
They all squished and moved the jelly around the container pouring it over their hands, baby Hunter slowly tested the water putting his hands in first then his feet and soon climbed in and sat in it! Laughing and splashing around he thought it was great fun and didn't want to get out as poured water all over himself.
Hunter, Michael, Maurice and Mikaere decided to go place and kick the ball around the yard but soon came back to sit in the jelly and water together then go race down the slides remembering what they did last time.
Novia get a container and spoon and started pouring bits from both the blue water and the red jelly and says I'm making more jelly as she mixes it all together, Novia and her friend were singing "red and blue, red and blue" as they mixed them and they both soon discovered it made purple.
This activity didn't last as long today but still enjoyed it just as much!
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children have really enjoyed being curious about the different textures and mixing of the colours.
This learning experience is linked to Piaget's theory as he believes that children need to be able to see, touch, smell, move and hear things that they are learning about. It's called concrete learning.
Critical reflection: This was a great activity that the children chose and works great in smaller groups, they were able to use their senses and I used open-ended questioning to see what they enjoyed and what it all felt like. Follow up- mixing colours activity, more sensory activities.