This morning I brought in a water play mat for the little Joey,s to enjoy I must admit they grew a little impatient as we had some trouble with the hose but before long we had success. We also added a shell filled with some water to add more excitement to the day. The children at first went into the shell as it was filled up first but then all of a sudden they noticed the mat fill up and all these sprinkles appearing in the air. Elya was screaming in delight as she went under the water. Hunter of course was running from the shell to under the sprinkler mat yelling out "Hunter". Nathan wanted to go into everything from the shell to the sprinkler then finding toys and throwing them into the shell then back to the water. Abuk loved the water she liked to stand near the sprinkler and put out her hands to catch the water as it fell to the ground. Jude was so funny he was running around then through the sprinkler then looking at the bigger kids watching by the fence then into the water again. Nyiel liked the shell putting her feet in then taking them out and then starting all over again. Huda didn't mind the water but she was so intrigued watching the children running in and out of the water that she seemed to forget to join in herself. Pilar didn't want to go anywhere near the water but was quite content to watch. Elijah is our quite little man but he didn't mind the water he a little dip then stood back and watched the others in their play. Jack came in a little sad but it wasn't long before he too joined in the fun running in and out of the water.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing. Children's play today enhances the fitness, health, happiness adn wellbeing of children.
This learning experience can be linked to Maslow's theories. He believes that if educators help children to meet their physical need and emotional needs then they will grow into strong, resilient, competent adults.
Critical Reflection: Knowing it was going to be a little warm today I brought in the water mat for the children. The children loved the water play today and it was a big success so I'm sure we will be doing this again. Follow up: Join in with the bigger children with some more water play.