Thursday, March 6, 2014

Just Playing: Messy Hands

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?

just playing

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

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  1. They are honing their fine motor skills through the messy sensory play - and having a lot of fun doing it!

    1. There was also A LOT of conversation going on.

  2. Look at all of the learning through play happening here! I see a lot of problem solving happening as the children are exploring with the sensory aspect of the shaving cream... How do I get this off of me? Wait- don't touch your head..... I can only imagine the conversations.... How come you have all of the cream? Can I have some of that? I would imagine that a lot of verbal negotiation is happening in addition to the learning how to share space, negotiate resources and work together. I would also imagine a lot of trial and error, observation and imitation happening as the children are playing near each other. I see fine motor skills being developed, as well as communication skills. So much fun and learning! Thanks for linking up this week!