After a few posts about little “X” and his Trajectory schema, I have started to notice this style of play in more areas. While we were outside this week, playing Garden Centres, Little “X” was more interested in transferring the water from the tray to the pan.
To start with I assumed he was “cooking”. Making something yummy. After about 15 minutes I noticed that he was still very much involved in this process of transferring and only stopped to ask me for more water.
I decided to spend a few minutes observing him more closely and noticed that he was having a wonderful time filling the pan with water and then adding more to make it overflow. Every time the water shot over the edge of the pan he laughed. He watched as it splashed up and then ran off the table and on to the floor.
LEARNING INTENTIONS AND IDEAS FOR EXPANDING LEARNING:
- This observation was made to watch how little “X” was using the water and what was keeping him so engaged for so long.
I will offer more opportunities for outdoor water play and offer water toys that move water, such as water wheels, tubes, funnels etc.
LINKS TO PAST OBSERVATIONS:
CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:
Little “X” is active and involved in his play and was totally absorbed and lost in his self initiated exploration of moving water. He repeated the actions so he could continue to watch the effect over and over. He was playing with what he knows about how water behaves and moves and challenging this knowledge with new experiences. He was concentrating so much and clearly enjoying what he was doing.
Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development