Spontaneous:This morning after 9:30 group time the children enjoyed time in the possum's yard exploring the environment with their friends. After 11:00 am nappy time the children came to the Joeys yard . The weather was so good and children had fun playing in the Joeys yard. Marlee, Isaiah, Hunter and Tilly liked to play with the bikes. They rode the bike's through out the yard . Elijah relaxed with his lion toy on the watermelon saucer. When I said "hi Elijah", he showed his toy to me and said "teddy, teddy" . Abuk sat on the turning toy and moved it in both clock wise and anti clock wise directions. After a while the children had group time and had lunch. The children had a fun morning exploring both the Possum and Joeys yard. They had a social experience playing and sharing resources with their friends. They had physical play exercising gross motor skills. 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. The children in this learning experience had a physical play exploring the environment with interest and enthusiasm.
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: The educators helped the children in taking turns with the bikes and sharing the other resources with their friends. The children supported and scaffolded children in a positive way throughout their play. Follow up: More physical play activities.