Learning Through Play

“In playing, children express, explore, combine, and extend what they have learned about the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the world around them; about the words, signs, symbols, and customs of their language and culture; and about their own and other people’s thoughts, feelings, ideas, and sensations. In the play scenarios children invent and explore by themselves and with other children, they bring together everything they have learned and are wondering about. In play, children represent and transform the world around them, providing other children and adults with a window into their thoughts and perceptions, and often helping adults to see the world in new ways.”

– British Columbia Early Learning Framework, 2008

Early Learning Framework

The Scent of the Forest

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Outdoor play time was spent exploring the forest in order to enrich our camping activity week.  For the exploration, we came armed with a magnifying glass and R’s favourite pink bucket so that we could collect fallen leaves for an activity we had planned for later.  All was going wonderfully, or so I thought!  After a short while, a strange odour erupted and I realized that we needed to go home.  Sh*t happens!!  Although it would have been a great “camping experience” to wipe her butt with a leaf, I thought it unwise. LOL!  Luckily, we were close to home, so it was a quick trip back. Continue reading

Glowing Fire

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Song: 

A Ram Sam Sam – Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy is a song on the album  by Countdown Kids with lots of silly lyrics that older kids will surely appreciate!  R enjoyed the beat and had fun dancing along to the music.

Activity:

1. Catching Glow Bugs

IMG_9775I cut a glow stick up and poured the contents into a mason jar.  I added some of the plastic pieces of the glow stick so that the jar would make noise while R shook it.  R was more interested in trying to open the jar than checking out it’s glowing properties.  My husband and I had fun with it, though!

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Forest Shadows

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R was 17 months old at the time of this activity

Song: 

Boom Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy – Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy is a song on the album  by Countdown Kids with lots of silly lyrics that older kids will surely appreciate!  R enjoyed the beat and had fun dancing along to the music.

Activity:

1. Creeping Shadows

IMG_9689I used the “under the starts” box from yesterday to make a forest scene.  In the box, I taped in a variety of forest animal silhouettes and trees that I cut out using my Cricut Machine (Create-a-Critter cartridge) to make the scene.  R used the flash light to cast shadows onto the scene.  I played our song for the day in the background and I talked about what animals were hiding in our shadow forest.  R pointed to and named the birds and called the other forest animals “doggie”.

 

Extension Activities:
a. Allow the child to use the forest scene as a story starter.  Either scribe the story for the child or have him/her write one on his/her own.
b. With older children, research what animals live in the forest and add descriptions of the forest habitat to the forest scene.

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