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Imaginary play

Imaginary play

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Duplo Table

Duplo Table

Our emergency services Duplo and inspire opportunities for creativity, design.& imaginary play

Budding artists

Budding artists

Some autumn leaves provided some texture for this inspired artist. Cutting them to size before sticking them to his painting with pride.

Natural resources

Natural resources

Sand, bark, leaves and sticks we collected from the garden provided some interesting textures for us to explore at the pasting table.

Build it up!

Build it up!

Problem solving and predicting. "I wonder if my creation will balance or fall down?" "What could I do to make it more stable or stronger?"

Cutting & pasting

Cutting & pasting

Mastering the use of scissors is a skill that requires concentration, co-ordination and care

Cutting and pasting

Cutting and pasting

A range of open ended materials - often recycled, provides the children with inspiration for their creativity.

Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup

Chopping vegetable to make healthy vegetable soup together. Sampling our delicious soup was a learning experience as well.

Chopping all of the vegetables

Chopping all of the vegetables

Making size comparisons as the children discuss how small the pieces need to be to add to our vegetable soup ingredients.

Making vegetabe soup

Making vegetabe soup

The children also discussed their likes and dislikes as we added new vegetables to the mixture.

Pop corn. Yum!

Pop corn. Yum!

Cooking popcorn together was very exciting and it made a healthy delicious treat for us to try.

Creating a train track

Creating a train track

Experimenting with design to create a continuous train track.

Working in collaboration

Working in collaboration

The children worked together as they discussed, designed and reassessed the track they created.

Finger painting

Finger painting

Whilst finger painting together, we discovered that the cars also created interesting patterns in the paint.

Finger painting

Finger painting

Messy, sensory play is a great way for children to explore and learn. It is also fun! On this occassion we mixed blue and yellow paint and created various shades of green.

Hold tight

Hold tight

Climbing and navigating on the obstacle course.

Thinking outside the square

Thinking outside the square

Collecting, arranging and sorting these resources required collaboration, communication and negotiation as the children decided where everything should go.

The work site

The work site

Transferring bark from one place to another provided great opportunities to explore volume and capacity as this worker decided whether his load was too full to transport without spilling.

Making pla dough together

Making pla dough together

Adding some flour to our play dough mixture. incorporating mathematical concepts, counting and literacy as we followed our recipe

Making play dough together

Making play dough together

When we added oil to the water in the jug, we discovered that we couldn't mix the two liquids together - the oil floated on the top.

Making play dough together

Making play dough together

Mixing the play dough ingredients together was hard work. We took turns to stir the mixture until it was ready to cook.

The finished product

The finished product

Some lovely fresh, warm play dough to squeeze and explore

Fresh playdough

Fresh playdough

We had fun making new purple play dough together. The play dough was very soft and pliable when it was finished.

An artist in action

An artist in action

Dish mops provided an interesting tool for painting.

Getting ready for mother's Day

Getting ready for mother's Day

Making an environmentally friendly shopping bag for Mum for Mother's Day.

Marble painting

Marble painting

Marble painting challenges our motor planning skills as we attempt to make the marbles roll in particular directions

Master chef

Master chef

Cooking up a storm in the sandpit.

Box construction

Box construction

Through open ended box construction the children explore their creativity. They also challenge their problem solving skills as they experiment with design and strength.

Box construction

Box construction

Gathering resources. "What will I need and what am I planning to do with the things I choose?"

Pride!

Pride!

Look what I made from some recycled boxes

Shared imaginary play

Shared imaginary play

Pretending to be lions looking for food in the jungle. The children created story lines within their play, contributing their own ideas to their play as it evolved.

Stepping stones

Stepping stones

Balancing to follow the wooden stepping stones on an adventure through the garden

Follow the leader

Follow the leader

Follow the leader on the wooden stepping stones

Getting in touch with nature

Getting in touch with nature

Meet one of our pet worms from the worm farm. We feed the worms using our fruit and vegetable scraps from our healthy snack boxes and cooking experiences.

Fine motor skills

Fine motor skills

Play dough helps us to develop and strengthen the small muscles in our hands. Knives, cutters, rolling pins and dough plungers provide us with some extra challenges.

Challenging our skills

Challenging our skills

Balancing to cross an elevated plank

Shooting hoops

Shooting hoops

Washing the doll's clothes

Washing the doll's clothes

Squeezing the pegs

Squeezing the pegs

Pegging washing on the line requires strength, co-ordination and dexterity.

The construction site

The construction site

Using our large muscles as we bend, stretch, twist and lift

Emerging literacy

Emerging literacy

This sign says: "Stop! Please don't crash my building down." Although we can't read it, once it was explained to everyone, this sign was very effective to remind everyone that this building was very precious to it's creator.

Exposure to text through play

Exposure to text through play

Our pretend office provided children with opportunities to explore their interest in writing and various forms of communication

Box construction

Box construction

This clever person has attempted to write his own name on his work

Creative building

Creative building

Varied shapes recycled from some old chair legs have provided the children with some interesting shapes to incorporate into their building designs.

Gathering resources

Gathering resources

The children gathered "treasure" from around the room to adorn their creation.

Story telling

Story telling

Our doll's house became the home for a family of pets today. The children created beds for the pets and explored their understandings of family life through play

Lego

Lego

Three children worked collaboratively to create this interesting design

Imaginative play

Imaginative play

Some dinosaurs gathered in our block corner today for a birthday party. They played hide and seek amongst the logs and ate some leaves together.

Making fruit kebabs

Making fruit kebabs

We made fruit Kebabs to share with our Mums, and special people at a morning/ afternoon tea.

Making Mud soup

Making Mud soup

The children gathered their ingredients together; chanting "Muddy, muddy soup" as they collaborated.

Watering the sensory garden

Watering the sensory garden

The children enjoy helping to care for the plants in the garden. Spearmint geranium provides a beautiful aroma for us to explore.

Watering the garden

Watering the garden

Grasses provide an interesting texture and contrast in our garden

Watering the herbs

Watering the herbs

Our rosemary and lemon verbena are great to add to water as we play as well

Digging together

Digging together

Our digging patch provided a great place to explore nature through sensory play. We can add water to create mud, pots and pans to make mud pies or trucks etc to create a work site.

Caring for our environment

Caring for our environment

The children are encouraged to use water wisely rather than wasting it. They are reminded that it is a valuable resource, rather than an endless supply.

Finger painting

Finger painting

Our fingertips make great drawing implements

Painting on fabric

Painting on fabric

fabric provides an interesting texture for the children to explore and a lasting result that could be framed or kept.

Where the fairies live...

Where the fairies live...

Our garden is always evolving with interest areas throughout

Cooking in the cubby

Cooking in the cubby

Our kitchen in the cubby house has been created from a recycled TV unit and provides hours of fun.

Our meeting place and weaving net

Our meeting place and weaving net

Fun with shaving cream

Fun with shaving cream

Some children do not like finger painting - having other implements available to use such as this scraper enabled this child to explore something he would usually avoid.

Our recycled shoe garden

Our recycled shoe garden

Symbolises a link between human growth and plant growth

Dramatic play area

Dramatic play area

Our imaginary play area is constantly evolving, depending upon the children's interests.

Our bird house

Our bird house

We try to invite nature into our play ground with visits from bird life.

expressing ourselves through art

expressing ourselves through art

Through open ended art, children can explore their creativity with freedom and no preconceived ideas.

Our uniform logo

Our uniform logo

Muddy puddles

Muddy puddles

Gumboots and water provided a great opportunity for the children to create their own muddy puddles to explore.

Classifying and matching

Classifying and matching

Magnifying glasses and some photographic cards provided the children with opportunities to take a closer look at the insects, finding similarities and differences amongst them.

Dinosaur city

Dinosaur city

Three children worked together to create an amazing city for all of these dinosaurs to live.

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