When children play at Kindy it is intentional, purposeful, structured and organised.
When children work together with the support of a teacher they are learning to…
- Hear each other’s ideas and perspectives
- Review their thinking to incorporate the thinking, experiences and ideas of others
- Articulate their thinking in such a way that peers and understand their thinking and knowledge
- Verbalise ways of approaching a task that allows all parties to be engaged
- Organise their thinking and forward planning to accommodate all others perspectives.
When playing, they may also…
- Develop problem solving skills when their game crashes down.
- Develop resilience when they have to rebuild.
- Develop play-entry skills and the ability to invite people into your game.
- Develop planning skills about what character they are going to be in the game.
- Develop fine motor skills when making props and costumes (we make headbands, masks and box constructions. To do this, children draw, cut, stick and paint with various materials).
- Develop pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills (learn the purpose of reading, writing and numbers).
- Develop literacy skills by writing signs (or other texts relevant to their game), and looking at different letters required to write a word.
- Develop conflict resolution skills when things don’t work out right.
- Develop gross motor skills when moving big blocks.