To continue our transport project this morning, I set up a water table with some boats. The children were very excited to get involved. Asna, Lucas, Aarvi, Oakley, Hunter and Naiama had a go first and enjoyed using the boats to move across the water, scoop up the water and tip it back out. Hunter, Nathan and Annalise then joined in, and I noticed Hunter brought over a scooping toy to use with the water, so I went and grabbed a few more from the sandpit and some water wheels to extend his interest. Hunter, Lucas, Annalise and Naiama enjoyed scooping some water and pouring it into the water tunnel to see how fast the wheel could spin. Dylanjot, Reyansh and Evan also had a go at moving the boats around the water and using the water wheels. The children could work together and interact with each other throughout their play.
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Outcomes: 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing Elements: 3.2 Children become strong in their physical learning and wellbeing. This activity allowed the children to use their senses throughout their play as they cooperatively explored the water using the scoops, boats and water wheels.
This learning experience can be linked to Steiner's theories. He believes children need free, creative play to develop their spirit, bodies and minds.
Critical Reflection: This experience went well, and the children were excited to participate in after-play. The educator provided the equipment and supervised the experience while allowing the children to explore the water table freely. The educator also extended on the children's interests where possible. Follow Up: Different water table activities.