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Playing with ice - 24th February 2022

Planned Follow Up: On Monday evening we had hail storm. Nathan, Pilar, Jack and Marlee were still at the centre at the time. The children noticed the hail from behind the glass door. Massa (educator) took picture of the ice on the Joeys yard. On Tuesday Massa showed the pictures to children and explained about hail storm. Yester day the children had water play and Massa wanted to do a follow up based on ice. So yesterday Massa filled four bowls with water and added some food colours to the water. blue, green and yellow food colours on three bowls. She left the fourth bowl without adding water. She placed the four bowls in the freezer. This morning Massa got the bowls from the freezer and placed them on the table. I got a chance to sit and observe children while they play with the ice. Hunter, Jenayah, Pilar, Nathan and Elya joined the table with me. The children were excited to see ice with different colours. They touched the ice and made exciting noises like "ooohhh". After the initial excitement the started to play with them. Aarvi, Huda, Abuk and Elliot joined the play. I asked few questions to children like " Is the ice hot or cold?". Aarvi replied "cold". Pilar nodded her head and smiled at me. Other children concentrated on their play. when I asked about the colours Jenayah and Aarvi were able to answer my questions. Other children were too young to know about colours. But all children enjoyed the play. Elliot didn't like the cold so he moved outdoor to explore the outdoor environment. Once the ice started to melt, the children moved the ice from one end of the table to the other end. They moved the ice to their friends and had a fun play. After a while Massa gave some papers to the children. The children placed the paper under the ice and moved the ice on the paper. soon the paper got wet and tore . the children had fun playing with ice.

Link to Pedagogical Documentation

EYLF Outcomes

Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. Children were able to answer my questions verbally / non-verbally throughout thier play.


This learning experience can be linked to Rogoff's theories. She believes that adults have a role in guiding children's learning and that language is important for children's learning.


Critical Reflection: I had positive conversation with children throughout the experience. The experience was a success but once the ice started to melt the children moved it over the table but the ice slided to the floor many times. The ice started to melt and the floor started to get water. I have to move children to outdoor since the floor was slippery. Follow Up: Make ice bars using pop sticks and use it for painting.

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