This morning some of Joey's children were unsettled since their returned back to centre after such a long break or new to the centre. So we took the children to Possum's yard sandpit for a quick play before the possum's come outdoor. Pilar, Nathan, Nyiel, Jude, Abuk and Hunter were really happy to play in the sandpit. Isaiah and Kavith have yet to settle back in so they were not up to the sand play just yet. Aarvi was happy but didn't like playing in sandpit. After playing for a while in the sandpit we moved back to our Joey's yard. Sandra (educator) and I placed a colourful cloth tunnel and some colourful blocks for the children to play with. Nyiel, Pilar, Nathan and Abuk enjoyed going through the tunnel. Isaiah and Aarvi played with blocks for a while. Elijah joined him after a while. Jude had some fun time playing with the babies piano.
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: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. Some children in this learning experience were coming back after a long break or new to the centre. So educators provided different resources and helped them to feel safe, secure and supported.
This learning experience can be linked to Bowlby's theories. He believes that children who have strong positive attachments to familiar caregivers use them as a safe base which to explore the environments.
Critical Reflection: I along with other educators comforted and supported children to settle down. we also provided different resources into the environments like the sandpit, tunnel play, building blocks and drawing activities. I encouraged children to engage in different activities while using positive conversations with them. It was interesting to see that not all children were interested in the tunnel or sandpit play. Follow Up: Different resources for free play based on children's interest.