When children creatively use objects with meaning and purpose completely on their own, that is one of my ultimate joys! I’m going to share about our child-made Easter egg music shakers. This is also a great alternative if you prefer to put something that is not candy into Easter eggs.
I am completely convinced that pea gravel is the ultimate sensory experience for kids! It is the most used and explored material in my entire preschool. Every child loves it, and we certainly love to experiment with it. Most recently in my, class it became music and more.
This week for the Just Playing? Blog Hop I am featuring the beauty that happens when I let my kiddos take the lead and how they combined Easter eggs with pea gravel.
The four and five year olds set out Easter eggs for the younger friends to find. After awhile I noticed that the class was filling them up with pea gravel and listening to them. I loved watching them shake them while the eggs were together. During other moments, the children would observe the pea gravel spilling over the plastic eggs.
There is so much going on here as we know through the power of learning through play. I would love if you would take a moment to comment and give your own observations.
We may be “just playing”, but….
What are the children doing here?
What do you see?
What learning is taking place?
What skills are being practiced/developed?
Thank you for remembering that young children do not “just play.” Young children play. They develop through play. They learn through play. They experiment through play. They grow through play. A child’s work is play. Play is important!
Please take a moment to reflect upon the photos and questions above. I would love for you to share your observations in a comment. I’d also like to invite you to “hop” on over to all of the other bloggers who are sharing photos of children learning through play this week:
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