This week, we have been exploring sounds since we’ve observed that this is one of the children’s interests. Yesterday, we set up a drawing/ colouring activity: under a table was a big paper and some colouring pencils. The children have been interested in animal sounds. They drew sharks and tigers on the paper. They like copying tigers “roar!!!” Also, there was a table by the windows, on it were vases with different water measurements and a stick. They could make sounds by tapping the glass vases with the stick, and they called it their “piano.” By the sink was our water table. We splashed water, and made pink “lemonade juice” using our red and white water colour. There were clear pitchers, red cups, fruits, “lime” in our water table. Also, they started talking about baking. Ava said “I’m baking a cake,” so we decided to sprinkle constarch on our fruits and add some to our mini baking pans. We had such a wonderful indoor time yesterday! The children were all engaged in the different play areas in our room. The children were “choosing from a range of materials and languages to investigate, experiment and make their thinking visible” ( PPP, p. 100). They made their own decisions on which area to explore (musical instrument, drawing/coloring, water table) as well as how they are going to approach their play— tap the vase and listen to what kind of sound it would make, choose what colouring material they would use to draw their animal, and choose from the cups, pitchers, baking pans from the water table. We were all immersed in the moment as we explored the materials that were around us yesterday.
Have a great sunny weekend! 🙂