Play and everyday meaningful moments

Play is a big part of our days at wheelhouse. We as educators understand the great value of play. Through play children have the opportunity to act on their ideas, work through emotions, and learn problem solving. At play time, we are able to experience many wonder moments, and through our documentation we are able to revisit them, aid our curriculum planning and of course, now share with you. Here are some of those moments.
                                          I.M. was arranging the people carefully, when a teacher asked what she was doing. She answered: "They are getting ready for their family picture."

                                          I.M. was arranging the people carefully, when a teacher asked what she was doing. She answered: "They are getting ready for their family picture."

The presence of these wooden people are much loved in our block area. They are undefined people shapes that allow children to fill in the details with their imagination.  They are featured In the image to the left, where we are able to see them get in the slide and jump in the pool tambourine! These materials were brought together from various parts of the classroom to build a unique creative dramatic play opportunity.

In our studio there is a shelf with tubs of materials for children's autonomous use, which allows for open ended explorations of materials and creativity.
At this age,  autonomous hands on experiences are as important as caring loving guidance. When children have the space to make decisions and choices as simple as what color scissors to cut with, they feel empowered, confident and also connected to the adults around them.

 

 

The story below illustrates two of these moments.  B was at the creations table wanting to use scissors. She got her scissors and a piece of paper and cut it in two. With the teacher’s help she was able to practice a safe way to hold scissors (tips away from body) and improve her cutting technique.

After cutting the paper in two, B looked concerned. She said: “But, I want to put it back together. The teacher asked, what can you use from our  baskets that could help you do that?

B: “paper clips”. A friend near by helped: “You can also use tape”. B went with the tape idea and later, looking proud, asked to take her paper home. 

L, was near by holding a woolly bear that he had found in our bathroom. He was busy talking about taking the wooly bear home. He asked if maybe the woolly bear would be cold.  Right then he decided to use scissors, tape and paper to make a bed for the woolly bear.  He had available materials to create what him mind was envisioning. 

At home, have you seen other moments of creation unfold from play with opened ended materials? Has your children re-imagined new uses for common everyday things? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!