Can you find the treasures hiding in the sand?
Our dinosaur dig provides opportunities for the children to further explore their interest in dinosaurs from a palaeontologist's point of view.
What would you like to include in your play today?
Building and construction
So much room to build and create
Ping Pong Ball run
Upcycling some coffee pod stands provides hours of fun when you add some ping pong balls to experiment with
Our doll's are all dressed and ready for dinner, they're just waiting for the children to come to play.
Home away from home
Imaginative play provides children with opportunities to explore their own understandings of family life, whilst also building strong connections with their peers through play.
A Pet House
Soft furnishings, sensory mats and some cats and dogs provide a new way to explore the Doll's House.
Good night everyone
With soft, comfy beds, our pets are ready to turn in for the night in their new home.
Experimenting with light and colour
Our light table provides a lovely little nook for some individual exploration
Wood you like to explore?
Our playdough table, incorporating natural materials and earthy tones to create an inviting place to play, explore and learn.
Connecting with country
Australian fauna, flora and our indigenous symbols provide inspiration for the children to connect with country and our traditional land owners.
Caring for the environment
Learning about the importance of caring for our waterways and disposing of our rubbish responsibly.
Literacy and numeracy through cooking
This is our individual playdough recipe, combining photos, words and numerals to support children's emerging literacy and numeracy skills through cooking.
Making our own batch of playdough
The children enjoyed following their recipe to make their own individual batch of playdough to use.
Check out our new clothes!
One of our educators has made new clothes for our dolls - using some fabric with indigenous artwork on it.
Going on a leaf hunt
Children love to "collect". Having an abundance of natural materials available in our playground supports the children as they build a strong connection to nature.
Incorporating nature into our artwork
After collecting some leaves in our playground, we discovered we could recreate the shapes of the leaves using our paint rollers.
Building a pond
The children created a pond using rocks from our rock pond - it was filled with crocodiles!
Patterns and design
Natural materials provide us with opportunities to create, design and modify to suit our needs.
Searching for treasure
Our huge sand pit offers amazing opportunities for treasure hunts. Some times we hind treasure provided by nature, other times we find hidden toys in our sand pit.
Role play helps children to make sense of the world they live in whilst also providing valuable language opportunities.
Cooking up a storm
Utilising the shrubs and bushes available in our garden, the children set to work making incredible culinary delights.
"You just need some water and some rosemary and a bit of lavender."
Mud kitchen creations
Our mud kitchen is a bee hive of activity. Sometimes working alone, other times in small groups.
Anyone for soup?
"I love soup. Sometimes we have chicken soup and sometimes we have pumpkin soup. Which one is your favourite?"
Pouring and transferring
As the children transfer their creations from one container to another, they are exploring concepts of volume and capacity through their play.
Floating and sinking
""Look, the dirt and mud goes to the bottom and all of the leaves stay on top. They're floating."
Measurement, amount, ingredients, mixing, cooking, pouring, heating, creating, aroma, .......... so many great words we can use when cooking.
The addition of eucalypt leaves and leaves from a lemon tree provided a beautiful aroma for the children to experience as they threaded.
Our emergency services Duplo and inspire opportunities for creativity, design.& imaginary play
Some autumn leaves provided some texture for this inspired artist. Cutting them to size before sticking them to his painting with pride.
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!
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
Mastering the use of scissors is a skill that requires concentration, co-ordination and care
Cutting and pasting
A range of open ended materials - often recycled, provides the children with inspiration for their creativity.
Chopping vegetable to make healthy vegetable soup together. Sampling our delicious soup was a learning experience as well.
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
The children also discussed their likes and dislikes as we added new vegetables to the mixture.
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.
Climbing and navigating on the obstacle course.
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
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.
We had fun making new purple play dough together. The play dough was very soft and pliable when it was finished.
Getting ready for mother's Day
Making an environmentally friendly shopping bag for Mum for Mother's Day.
Marble painting challenges our motor planning skills as we attempt to make the marbles roll in particular directions
Cooking up a storm in the sandpit.
Gathering resources. "What will I need and what am I planning to do with the things I choose?"
Look what I made from some recycled boxes
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.
Follow the leader
Follow the leader on the wooden stepping stones
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.
Squeezing the pegs
Pegging washing on the line requires strength, co-ordination and dexterity.
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
Our pretend office provided children with opportunities to explore their interest in writing and various forms of communication
This clever person has attempted to write his own name on his work
Varied shapes recycled from some old chair legs have provided the children with some interesting shapes to incorporate into their building designs.
The children gathered "treasure" from around the room to adorn their creation.
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
We made fruit Kebabs to share with our Mums, and special people at a morning/ afternoon tea.
Making Mud soup
The children gathered their ingredients together; chanting "Muddy, muddy soup" as they collaborated.
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
Grasses provide an interesting texture and contrast in our garden
Watering the herbs
Our rosemary and lemon verbena are great to add to water as we play as well
Our fingertips make great drawing implements
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...
Our garden is always evolving with interest areas throughout
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
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 bird house
We try to invite nature into our play ground with visits from bird life.
Gumboots and water provided a great opportunity for the children to create their own muddy puddles to explore.
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.
Three children worked together to create an amazing city for all of these dinosaurs to live.