Today when the Joey children went outside I got out the playdough and placed it on the table. I asked the children who would like to play with the playdough and Pilar and Marlee said " Me" and came over to the table and sat down followed by Hunter, Kavith and Nathan. The playdough was shared between the children Pilar and Marlee picked up the playdough and started to roll it in their hands. Hunter, Nathan and Kavith touched it with their hands on the table. After a short while the three children picked up the playdough and started to roll it in their hands while squishing it. They then put it on the table. Nathan picked up a rolling pin and tried to roll out the play dough while Hunter used a cookie cutter. Hunter showed Kavith how to use the cookie cutter by placing his playdough in front of Kavith and then placing the cookie cutter on top and pressing down on it. The playdough became a bit to sticky so I added some more flour to it and then showed the children how to mix the flour into the playdough and then Pilar, Marlee, Kavith, Hunter, Nathan and Elya all manipulated the playdough and mixed in the flour until the playdough was not sticky anymore. The children continued to play with the playdough for about 5 minutes before they went and did another activity. The benefits of sensory play
It helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
It encourages the development of motor skills.
It supports language development.
It encourages 'scientific thinking' and problem solving.
It can involve mindful activities which are beneficial for all children.
Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity.
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 learned how to mix flour into the playdough.
Koala Corner, Philosophy, 2020.pdf
We provide a supportive, fun and stimulating environment , where we value flexible, open ended learning environments
Critical reflectionI was able to provide an open ended learning experience for the children which allowed them to use their senses to explore the playdough. I was able to do some intentional teaching by showing the children how sticky playdough can become non sticky by adding flour. Follow up More sensory experience's eg: goop, Clay