just playing? working with clay

This post is the 5th in the series called "Just Playing?" Please join fellow bloggers in the series as we offer photo prompts of PLAY to provoke group reflective practice and give voice to the developmental values that are imbedded in play. Scroll to bottom of post to link up and to see who else has joined the series! 


Just Playing.
We have all heard this before, and maybe even said it ourselves:
The children are "just playing".   [gasp!] 


However, as early childhood educators, we really do know better than that.
Research knows better than that, too. Play is the healthiest and most authentic way children learn about themselves, about others and about the world they live in. A great Play resource is The National Institue for Play led by founder Dr. Stuart Brown.



This week's highlighted photos focus on a 4 year old girl working with clay - with her hands and with a clay cutting tool - to form, manipulate and deconstruct her exploration.

Questions for consideration:

What is happening in the photos?
Who are the players?
What materials are present?

What are the developmental values embedded - possibly - in the scenarios?

Why is any of this play important? 


THANKS FOR "JUST PLAYING" WITH CLAY!

just playing This post is part of the "Just Playing?" Blog Hop!

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just playing? group parachute game

This post is the 4th in the series called "Just Playing?"
Please join fellow bloggers in the series as we offer photo prompts of PLAY to provoke group reflective practice and give voice to the developmental values that are imbedded in play. Scroll to bottom of post to link up and to see who else has joined the series! 

Just Playing.
We have all heard this before, and maybe even said it ourselves:
The children are "just playing".   [gasp!]


However, as early childhood educators, we really do know better than that.
Research knows better than that, too. Play is the healthiest and most authentic way children learn about themselves, about others and about the world they live in. A great Play resource is The National Institue for Play led by founder Dr. Stuart Brown.




This week's highlighted photo focuses on parachute play with a group of young children!

Questions for consideration:
What is happening in the photos?
Who are the players?
What materials are present?
What are the developmental values embedded - possibly - in the scenarios?
Why is any of this play important?


THANKS FOR "JUST PLAYING" WITH THE PARACHUTE!

just playing This post is part of the "Just Playing?" Blog Hop!
If you are looking for more of our “Just Playing?” posts and resources from around the globe, please visit our Pinterest Board.
Are you a blogger? Would you like to join the JUST PLAYING? blog hop community?
You can join the hop via our Facebook Group: Just Playing?

just playing? the easel as inspiration

This post is the third in the series called "Just Playing?"
Please join fellow bloggers in the series as we offer photo prompts of PLAY to provoke group reflective practice and give voice to the developmental values that are imbedded in play. Scroll to bottom of post to link up and to see who else had photo-bombed about play!
 
Just Playing.
We have all heard this before, and maybe even said it ourselves:
The children are "just playing".   [gasp!]


2 girls, 2 easels, 2 paintings, 2 stories
However, as early childhood educators, we really do know better than that.
Research knows better than that, too. Play is the healthiest and most authentic way children learn about themselves, about others and about the world they live in. A great Play resource is The National Institue for Play led by founder Dr. Stuart Brown.

 
This week's 2 highlighted photos focus on the world of the easel, paint, friendship and storytelling!
Can the easel provoke complex play?
Can the easel be inspiration for children to engage on many levels?
Questions for consideration:
What is happening in the photos?
Who are the players?
What materials are present?
What are the developmental values embedded - possibly - in the scenarios?
Why is any of this play important?

 

One easel, One completed painting, One story told all the way to "The End"

Thanks for Just Playing at the easel!



just playing
If you are looking for more of our “Just Playing?” posts and resources from around the globe, please visit our Pinterest Board.
Are you a blogger? Would you like to join the JUST PLAYING? blog hop community?
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