• 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.