Today we continued to extend the childrens interests with the children's FUN idea of WATER PLAY. We took into account our wider Community's water shortage and current water restrictions and ensured we followed Water Wise Rules!! Together we decided and changed our morning routine a little and went outside early to play, to avoid the predicted heat of the day. We filled up all the water troughs. Many of the children remembered to pack some spare clothes or swimmers and their rash shirts and board shorts. I reminded the children to be Sun safe and wear their hat. And asked if they were happy to get wet. Emelia and Fatima said, "We don't want to get wet, we are going to watch". Harry and Jude went first with the water. They filled up their jugs. Hunter was ready. He instantly followed Marlee and Nathan straight into the water and sat down. They laughed and enjoyed the splashing. Novia felt the water with her hand, "Ahhhhh it's so cold". Everyone laughed. Jenayah was super excited and bravely went next. I then encouraged the children to fill the measuring jugs and count how many cups it takes to fill it. "100", said Aarav. We continued playing, splashing and having so much fun. Harry poured his jug into the sand. "Yay that's so much fun", said Kristiayn. We all had so much fun wetting each other and happily took turns with the jugs. Afterwards, we got changed and went and enjoyed morning tea. What a great morning!
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. The children were engaged in the outdoor water and sand play sensory experience and increased their complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns.
2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.
The children in this learning story were playful and respond positively to others, reaching out for company and friendship. They also demonstrated a sense of belonging and comfort in their environments.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes that children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear the things they are learning about. This is called 'concrete learning'.
Critical Reflection: I was able to observe that majority of the children enjoyed the outdoor water play, fun experience. The educators planned the activity for the children based on the interest. I discussed with the children later, their favourite part was when we used the hose to fill up and spray each other and shoot the water as well. They interacted, worked together and extended their skills among each other.. Follow Up: Watering the garden.