This week has been another busy one! We began the week with some group experiments with creating snow, had our photos on Tuesday and then finished with some amazing sunshine and cooking on Friday.
On Monday, Karen assisted the children to create some play snow using cornflour, oil and glitter. The children thought it felt crunchy and really seemed to enjoy the process of making it. The most fun part was feeling it between our fingers and even throwing it around a bit (within the bucket). Karen also showed the children how to make snow playdough which was also a bit glittery. Both activities prompted a lot of discussion about the snow, which a few children recently visited, and snow-related activities.
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Max the photographer for our kinder photos. Some of the children were a bit wary of Max at first, though soon warmed up to his funny jokes. Each of the children got some photos outside and inside along with the group photo. These will be available for purchase soon.
On Friday we had the most glorious afternoon of sunshine and we made the most of it. We spent the majority of the session outdoors with the children engaging in some imaginative rough play as well as play in the sandpit, drawing and construction. In this week’s blog, I would particularly like to focus on rough play. This group is dominated by boys and boys are stereotypically more likely to engage in rough play. This rough play is actively supervised by the educators so as to avoid any accidents or injuries. However, this play allows the children to explore their physical limits safely and engage in an imaginative play that comes naturally to them. The talk that goes with this play can often be more aggressive and thus also needs to be monitored by the educators. This play is a part of the children’s development and adequately supervised can be a lot of fun as well as being fantastic for learning. I link to an article discussing rough play http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/files/tyc/file/V5N4/Carlson,%20F.%20Rough%20Play.pdf
If you have any further questions regarding this play, please do not hesitate to ask me.
Jessica, Fiona and Karen.