Spontaneous: This morning in the possums room Hunter, Tilly, Marlee and Abuk decided to play with the puppets and the puppet theatre. The children were looking through the variety of puppets and each of the children picked up a puppet. I watched Hunter, Tilly, Marlee and Abuk to see what they were going to do with them, the children explored the puppets by looking at them. After a short while I asked the children to sing a song with their puppets we sang twinkle twinkle little star. After their song I asked the children what kind of puppet they had. Marlee said "I have Elsa" Hunter said " Boy" Tilly looked at both her puppets then looked at me. Abuk said " boy" . The children continued to play and I picked up a puppet as well and joined in their play. I showed the children how to use the puppet theatre I closed the curtains then opened them and held my puppet up and made my puppet dance. The children were watching and then Hunter closed the curtains and opened them again holding his puppets up. The children put their puppets down they were holding and they looked through the other puppets and picked up new ones. They looked at their new puppets then they put them down and went off to a different activity.
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Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. The activity involved the children responding verbally to questions I asked.
We believe children's learning is enhanced through social interactions and engagement.
Critical ReflectionI was able to support and scaffold the children's learning and play by showing the children how to use the puppet theatre and engaging them in verbal interactions throughout their play. Puppets are a great way to engage the attention and imagination of children of all ages. Using puppets in the child care curriculum is an enjoyable way to promote children's learning of new skills and concepts. Follow up More puppet play