Over Easter we visited one of our favourite places to go on weekends – Bunnings! This will come as no surprise to those who have been following our landscaping and playspace articles. I do try to use mostly recycled materials but there are also bargains to be had in the shops if you know where to look! And I am always buying more plants and seedlings.
The twins had lots of fun with the facepainting, meeting the Easter Bunny (and quickly swiping a small fistful of chocolate eggs!) and doing some Easter craft. I really love free children's entertainment so I make the most of where I find it.
Another thing the girls love to do there is wander the aisle with the kid's play forts, swings etc. They were really drawn to this little area that had a shelf in front of a window space and immediately began asking us to come see their ‘cafe'. I was really surprised at how quickly they entered their imaginary world and how excited they were about this tiny little space underneath a climbing fort.
His patient self and I weren't about to hand over hundreds for this sort of play equipment but as we looked at each other and examined the cafe in more detail I could tell we had both thought the same thing “We could make one of these easy!”
And so the idea for our next project using pallets for the outdoor playspace had already begun to grow! I love the excitement of a new project.
That afternoon his patient self headed out to the industrial estate with the girls and his trailer. After a drive around he came home with some beauties.
What would your child make this into first do you think?
If you like projects with pallets you might find the posts below helpful (just click on the picture).
How does this activity promote learning for your child?
- It encourages outdoor play and exploration using thinking skills and gross motor muscles.
- It provides a launchpad for children to use their imagination and direct their own play.
- It provides an opportunity for self expression and role play of current events in their life.
- It encourages use of language, social skills and turn taking.
- Depending on the use of the area it can provide opportunities for sorting and classifying (groceries, fruit and veg, flower colours etc) and counting (money, cakes, biscuits etc).
- It allows them to explore roles within the community (grocer, doctor, cafe owner, vet…the list is only determined by their imagination!)
- It encourages an awareness of sustainability and recycling in older children.
- It's fun in the fresh air!!
How does this activity link to EYLF Outcomes?
( The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia)
In my personal planning I would interpret play experiences with this equipment as reflecting the following outcomes……
Outcome 1- Children have a strong sense of identity.1.2, 1.3,1.4
Outcome 2 – Children are connected with and contribute to their world 2.1,2.2,2.4
Outcome 3 – Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 3.1,3.2,
Outcome 4 – Children are confident and involved learner s4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4
Outcome 5 – Children are effective communicators 5.1,5.3,5.4,5.5
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Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
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