Little Fish in the big yard, what an adventure!
Our babies are reaching their milestones and learning new things every day.
We took the opportunity to extend their learning of the natural environment by taking Little fish into the big yard.
It was some of our friends very first time in the big yard so we were a little unsure about getting into the sand pit.
With lots of encouragement and role modelling from their peers they tapped into their growth mindset and chose to give it a try.
They absolutely loved it!
Sand play promotes physical development in so many ways.
Navigating loose materials such as sand develops ankle muscles and helps toddlers correct their posture for their foot placement.
Large muscle skills develop as children dig, pour, sift, scoop, and clean up spills with brush and dustpan.
Eye-hand coordination and small muscle control improve as children learn to manipulate sand accessories.
Sand play promotes social skills when children engage in play.
Children at this age move from solitary play (solo) to onlooker play (observing) to parallel play (side by side).
They aren’t associating with each other just yet, however sharing and compromising are progressively being developed in these early years.
Children take on roles associated with dramatic play, even though they are parallel playing and important social skills are being enhanced.
A group will engage in dramatic play when they;
- construct roadways;
- dig tunnels; or
- create a zoo for rubber animals.
According to theorist (Piaget, 1945), children have an inner drive to build an understanding of their world as they explore and interact with materials.
Concepts about how the world works are built gradually and become increasingly complex as the child enters a rich learning environment and exercises his or her freedom to play.
Watering the garden
We got the opportunity to explore in the garden.
The children were so excited to be going into the Garden centre to do big kid activities.
Watering cans were provided and after some role modelling of what to do with them, the children were off and watering.
We also developed our senses by touching the plants and smelling them.
Throughout this activity we developed our fine motor skills by using our fingers to hold the watering can and directing the spout.
Gross Motor skills
The children were encouraged to climb, balance, slide, dig and navigate stimulating loose materials; like sand.
It brought us great pride today observing the children challenging themselves by climbing on the metal bar bridge and stepping on each step without assistance.
Playing in the big yard allowed the children to focus on
- their gross motor skills;
- core balance;
- develop independence; and
- work on their confidence skills.
Gross motor skills helps a child gain strength and confidence in his/her body.
It also helps them with their general wellbeing as physical activity plays a key role in living a healthy lifestyle.
Developing these skills at an early age enables children to participate in more complex skills in future, such as playing soccer in a team.
Click on the link https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/resources/childsafety/practice-manual/physical-cognative-milestones.pdf and see what activities you can set up for your child at home.
That’s all from us until next week
from Miss Roshin and Miss Julie