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Gross motor skills and silly faces! - 22nd November 2021

The Joey's were outside this morning, making the most of the weather before the predicted week of rain ahead!

The children were enjoying the climbing frame with the slide this morning with Everleigh and Blake playing together, encouraging one another to go up, back around and down the slide, chasing each other at the end.

Elya and Jack also went up and down the slide climbing frame a few times, learning turn taking skills, I guided them up the right way when they made attempts to climb up the slide and they followed instructions with ease.

I decided to go and spend some time with Elijah, so I sat beside him and encouraged him to smile at the iPad for a photo. Blake and Everleigh saw me doing this and Blake asked for a photo. I took one and he wanted to see it, so I showed him. Then, Everleigh wanted a turn. I thought it might be a good idea to turn the camera to front facing so they could see their own faces. This made both of them smile. I then showed Elijah who stared at his own reflection for a little bit, soon he pulled his face right up to the iPad, as if to come closer.

Hunter then came over to join us so I asked him to smile for a photo. Hunter smiled for a photo before running away, looking back again smiling at me.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. The children are engaging in activities and strengthening their gross motor skills.

Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials. The children are connecting with one another through technologies including the iPad, facilitaed by their educator.


Erik Erikson believed in the importance of forming relationships between educators and children that are warm, and nurturing.


By providing children with opportunities that allow them to further develop their gross motor skills, educators are able to observe and facilitate learning opportunities such as turn taking. When guiding the children to go down the slide and avoid climbing up it, I am able to keep children safe and help them develop appropriate play skills. Connecting and engaging with children through technologies such as the iPad are fun, and a good way to further strengthen and develop relationships between myself and the children in the Joey's room. Follow up: Facial expressions book.

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