This week in Quartz Room we have observed the children pushing the boundaries of their bodies more during play. They are taking more risks and are exploring their surroundings and objects with a new perspective. For example, with the wooden building blocks in the room, they have been working together to line the blocks up around the classroom and using them as a balance beam. They have also been stacking the blocks up higher and higher. When they notice that the blocks are taller than they are, they laugh with one another and take turns pushing the blocks down saying “Crash!”.
“Risk is essential for children’s growth, creating challenges which allow children opportunities to succeed and or fail based on individual reasoning and choices helping them to learn risk management.”
Another example of risky play the children have been engaging in, is sliding on the ice outside. A few of the children are still a bit hesitant when it comes to walking or playing on the ice, but over these last couple weeks we have noticed the hesitation has turned into curiosity which has turned into play. It’s quite amazing watching them work out their fears on their own in a safe environment.