the inclusion of a rich variety of open-ended materials combined with long periods of uninterrupted play supports children to invent, investigate and discover (Outcome 4 VEYLDF). Free creative arts are also a form of communication for young children; they express their ideas through a wide range of media.
Through dramatic play children learn to live interdependently with others and within different environments. By participating collaboratively in everyday events and experiences and contributing to decision making, children become increasingly connected with and contribute to their world (outcome 2, VEYLDF).
Jack wrote his own menu
Facilitating children’s exploration of sensory capabilities and dispositions leads to children taking increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing (Outcome 3, VEYLDF). Sensory play exploring natural and built environments also guides children to resource their own learning (Outcome 4).
A City Skyscraper
Providing lots of loose construction materials helps to build strong communicators as they contribute their ideas and experiences in play. They begin to draw on their own experiences in constructing meaning: Conner said ‘work safe, you have to have a helmet on!”. Out door play allows children to explore the changes, smells, colours and textures of the natural environment and it provides memories of play that will last a lifetime.
An Ice Cream Shop
Using a pulley to make a farm Aki trying to get ‘the strawberries’ out of the ice
Science and technology can be implemented in early childhood in many interesting ways and helps to develop a range of skills such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating (Outcome 4, VEYLDF).
Will was amazed to open up the answering machine and see all the inner workings