During outdoor play this morning the Educators have set up a variety of activities for the children. At the table was play dough with cookie cutters and paddle pop sticks. Educators supported the children throughout their play by demonstrating how to use the cookie cutters. Nyiel and Pilar were able to use the cookie cutters by pushing down onto the play dough to create the shapes. The girls also would pick up a paddle pop stick and push them into the play dough. I asked them both "what are you making?", Nyiel replied "ice cream" still needing some encouragement to answer. Nathan come over to the table and joined in. Nathan picked up the icecream that Pilar had left on the table and was pretending to lick it. I encouraged Nathan to use the cookie cutters. Nathan at first needed a little support with using the cookie cutter. Our trainee Felicity was sitting with Nathan asking him which cookie cutter he would like to use. Nathan would pick up a few at a time. Felicity supported Nathan by only using one at a time. Hunter come over to the table and I supported him with using the cookie cutters on to the playdough. Hunter enjoyed picking up the cookie cutter and looking at the different shapes. Hunter would come and go in the play as he pleased through out the morning. This was a great learning experience for the children to be creative and further develop fine motor skills.
Over at the stage Sandra had set up blocks and some baby sensory toys. Kavith was a little unsettled and with some reassurance Sandra was able to encourage him to play. Kavith liked to pick up the different coloured blocks to build with. Kavith was able to put one block on top of each other to make a tower. Elijah arrived and sat down on the stage, Sandra comforted him by using the baby toys. Elijah enjoyed exploring the bead sensory cube and continued to play with this for a while. The children would come and go from the activities as they please and were able to pack away when it was time to transition to lunch.
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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 were expressing thier creativity by building with the play dough. The children were able to cooperate by sharing the cookie cutters and waiting thier turn with some encoruagment from thier educators.
Critical reflection: The educators set up meaningful play experinces to support the childrens interests. The educators were able to interact with the children in small groups in these learning experinces. The children were able to settle down from arrival by particpating in these actvities and having comfort from thier educators. The children really enjoyed outdoor play today. Follow up: Making playdough with educators