Playing inside the tent - 14th December 2021
This morning Kylie and Sandra (educators) set up a tent donated by Emily (educator). When Kylie finished setting up the tent I placed the tent on the stage where the babies like to play. Pilar, Jack and Isaiah came over and went straight inside the tent . They were so excited they started to laugh. When Huda heard this she joined them. There was enough space for all four of the children to play in. They sat there for a while and looked everywhere inside the tent. Huda wanted to sit next to Jack so Isaiah moved over for her.
Then Hunter, Abuk and Nathan came to the tent and looked inside with curiosity. Hunter and Nathan straight away went inside the tent. Pilar and Jack needed to come out since there is not enough space and little Abuk waited patiently outside the tent for her turn. Nathan and Hunter got so excited that they were taking down the supporting sticks which is used as a support for the tent. I positively guided them not to take the supporting sticks away. Finally Abuk had a turn when Jack came out. The children had a play inside the tent for a while and I moved the tent away since it started to fall apart without the supporting stick. The children had fun play inside the tent, sharing the tent and also good at taking turns.
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 in this learning experience were curious to play inside the tent and they also cooperative in sharing the tent with their friends.
This learning experience can be linked to Steiner's theories. He believes that children need free, creative play to develop their spirit, bodies and minds.
Critical Reflection: I observed children playing inside the tent and encouraged them to share with their friends. The tent was not strong enough so children tried to pull it up and down. So we needed to take it away after a while I feel we will need a bigger and stronger tent for children to play with. Follow Up: Picnic lunch