• Cooperative problem solving and teamwork was employed as the tamariki worked on a large puzzle this morning.
  • Construction play with mobilo was so popular this morning. Many of the children enjoyed sharing their ideas, working together for their common goal, and working on their very own project for a long period of time. It was great to see their increasing problem-solving skills and amazing creativity.
  • Freshly made playdough was put out on the table this morning. It was warm, soft and calming as it was moulded and squished by all the small hands.


  • The tamariki, working within the Exploration strand of Te Whariki, developed working theories about spatial understanding whilst working on the puzzle, as well as learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning.
  • Mobilo is made up of basic geometric elements that can be easily combined using various connectors. Once children have familiarized themselves with the versatility of Mobilo, they can create an infinite number of models without any limits. Exploration – Children develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds.
  • Playing with the playdough can help ease tension, release excess energy, improve focus, and express emotions. The tamariki’s developing playdough capability is supported in many strands in Te Whariki, in the communication where they discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive and also in the well-being strand where children’s emotional well-being is nurtured.


  • I wonder what other activities we can explore to garner further understanding of spatial and mathematical concepts?
  • We will continue to support their growing interest in construction play this week.
  • I wonder what the tamariki will create with the playdough on Wednesday.