Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Rolling Along

We were TP (Totara Park) Kids during Discovery today. 

Our 'Wheels' Discovery session provided lots of opportunities to practise cooperation and perseverance. They attempted to take turns and share, and try and try again if something was difficult. 

Some of the activities that promoted cooperation included:

Riding trikes, bikes, and scooters. 
These children are filling the trike with petrol and fixing the tires. 

Playing with matchbox cars and the road mats.

Sharing the Duplo vehicles. 
I often heard children negotiating to have a turn with the different vehicles. In my class I like to model with the children what words they can use to ask for a turn, that way they know exactly what they need to say when asking and answering.

 Counting and ordering these cars from Sparklebox to 20.

Filling out these car repairs form from Sparklebox
We also turned the playhouse inside J-Block into a Mechanics Garage - just the place to take your vehicle to be fixed.

 Watching the cars roll down the zig-zag race track.

Building with mobilo.

 Completing these stunning spinning artworks.  

 We only had two spinning machines (borrowed from our local kindy) and I observed many children sitting and waiting patiently for their turn, or coming back later in the session when a spinning wheel was available.

Activities that supported the children to persevere included:

Traffic light collage. 
I cut the paper into strips and the children had to rip, then glue the paper onto the correct circle to complete their traffic light.

 Finishing a colour wheel. 
The children were encouraged to complete this Newton Spinning Colour Wheel, then spin it on string or around a pencil to discover what happens to the colours. 

If you can spin it fast enough, like magic the colours should turn to white.

Making a box-car. (This was one of my favourites!)
While you don't need a lot of materials for making a box car, it takes several steps and a bit of time to complete.


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