Wednesday, 25 March 2015

LOOSE PARTS, BUILDING TOWERS!

All these loose parts lying around have created some lovely self initiated play and creativity. This is one of my favorites. Little "I" made a wall of cardboard tubes. I was really impressed at how well she balanced them. None of them were cut completely flat and it had not occurred to me to try and balance them upright. She did this all by her self and  she was super proud of her achievement.
Several of them fell over, and like dominoes, they set others in motion too. But she persevered even when it was frustrating her. She laughed most of the time and just re built it! Half the fun seemed to be in the rebuilding and the falling over!



LEARNING INTENTIONS AND IDEAS FOR EXTENDING LEARNING: 
  • Observed "I"'s self selected play and take note of her interest and aims in this self selected activity.
  • Offer more of these carpet rolls outside when the weather is drier and see if she enjoys making a bigger structure. Cut some ridges in the tops of some so that she can balance them across each other and maybe interlock them. 

NEXT STEPS: 
    • Offer more of these carpet rolls outside when the weather is drier and see if she enjoys making a bigger structure. Cut some ridges in the tops of some so that she can balance them across each other and maybe interlock them. 
    • Offer other large scale building and construction toys and materials.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:

    Little "I"  set about this activity with no guidance or suggestion. This was self initiated and took a lot of trial and error to achieve. She showed curiosity about the items available to her and explored and experimented with what she could do with them. When she found something that interested her, she continued to balance more of them in the same way. She set her own challenge and worked to achieve her desired goal.
    She maintained focus and showed a high level of interest. She was very keen to draw others in to her play after she had built her wall and took me in to the playroom so that I could take a photo of the finished creation! Just as one piece fell and knocked others over. She laughed and re built it with my help. 
    If one end was not flat enough to balance the tube then she turned it round and tried the other end. Thinking out the problem and making solutions.

    Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Communication and language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal, Social and Emotional 
    • Expressive Art and Design


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