Water Play Fun - 28th October 2021
With todays warmer weather, we decided to get some water play out for the Joeys. The joeys have been really enjoying water play lately so we knew it would be a great opportunity for them this morning. Sandra got out some new ocean animal toys and the children each took one. Sandra role modelled how to fill the animals up with water and then squeeze the water back out.
Nathan showed such excitement when the shell pool was filling it up, standing directly in front of the hose Kylie was holding, putting his hands into the stream laughing. Once the pool was filled up, Hunter climbed straight in, soon followed by Pilar. They tipped water down themselves and laughed. Elya soon joined them putting her hands in to splash the water all around.
Pippa and Aarvi showed a little hesitancy as the others were flicking water around, so Sandra filled up a new tub and moved it to the side for them to play. They began playing straight away filling up cups and squeezing the little sea creature toys.
Jenayah and Neveah began by playing in the blue shell pool, splashing the water around and tipping it out the side, and then they moved to the small bucket to explore that one.
Marlee and Abuk joined in the water play activity a little later than the other children, choosing to play in the smaller bucket of water. Abuk put her hands into the water and then initiated to Jess (educator) to give her a high five, with wet hands, giving her a big smile. Marlee also played gently in the water, picking up some of the sea creatures and cups.
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 were engaging in a hands on activity that allowed them to expore the water and sea creatures.The children showed confidence and enthusiasm whilst being supported by their educators.
Erik Erikson, as Educators we form attachments with children, tuning into their interests and providing support when needed.
Educators are following the childrens interest by providing water play activities based on prior activities, using inclusive teaching practices that support all childrens individual preferences to ensure they are supported during their play, this is seen by Sandra providing a smaller water play area for those children who were hesitant to be around the splashing water. Follow up: Add soap mixture to water play for further exploration