The tamariki were fostering their curiosity and exploration as they engaged in a fun filled messy experience. They swished their hands through blue, yellow and red paint to then make finger prints and hand prints onto a big piece of paper.
The tamariki continued their interest in building and construction, with particular thought to how things can be constructed to last by using various loose parts to solidify their buildings.
There was spontaneous play with mirror and lights, and the way they interact with each other, which was wonderful to see.
The tamariki were able to use their senses during this experience and describe what they were feeling as the cold paint touched their hands. There was a lot of joy in covering the whole hands and then watching the water wash it all off. Exploration: children experience an environment where they gain confidence in and control of their bodies, including active exploration with all senses.
I was impressed at the natural progression that was made regarding tamarikis interest in construction, and the development of their working theories via the strand of Exploration, where they use a range of strategies for reasoning and problem solving.
The tamariki explored their natural curiosity in the natural world when experimenting with light, which was a great example of how tamariki can play, imagine and experiment.
I wonder what messy experience we could provide these children with on Thursday.
It could be great to have a mat time discussion on what elements go into making sure a building will last – perhaps via the story of the Three Little Pigs?
We can continue this spontaneous light play, perhaps with CDs or even some simple science experiments to further examine and explore how light works.