Sunday, 29 January 2017

Dramatic Play Area



     Through dramatic play, children identify with models, roles and unique situations in their environment. Through meaningful experiences in expressive play, young children develop positive, comfortable feelings about themselves.





     Children experiment with different roles as they explore the familiar and the unknown through pretend play. The dramatic play area is filled with props and dress-up clothes to encourage imagination. In term 1, this area was set-up as a kitchen/home living area. This term, it is the beach.



     Children learn to work with other children, to share, and to make compromises (who gets to be the mother? the father? the baby?). They also practice verbal skills and develop an understanding of symbolic representation that leads to the development of reading and writing skills.



     In the Dramatic Play area, children break through their restrictions of reality as they pretend to be anyone or anything they choose. 






     When engaged in role-play, children deepen their understanding of the world around them and develop life-long skills. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Playing with Playdough


 


Most people are aware that playdough develops the fine motor skills of a small child that then allows them to hold pens and pencils correctly and to be able to do up buttons and zips.



Playing with playdough also helps them develop their cognitive skills, their social and emotional skills and even their language and communication skills.


In the playdough centre, we encourage the children to share their thoughts and feelings when playing with playdough. 


Oftentimes, the conversation start with: What have you made with the playdough? Why did you choose to make the snail, worm, piece of cake, out of playdough?



These questions are helping the children draw their imagination and thinking processes to provide the answers. 


Other children in the group will talk about what they have made and why. Each of them is using their cognitive skills and relying on their language and communication to be understood by and to understand others.




PLAYING WITH PLAYDOUGH

 


Here's how to make playdough.
It’s an easy no-cook playdough recipe.

Making playdough is an easy and fun way to entertain the kids. Children will love to play and be creative
with this no-cook recipe.


PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

3/4 cup of salt (regular kitchen salt, is fine)
2-3 cups of plain flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp of food colouring
1 cup of water