This morning when we arrived at Gaia’s Nest we were surprised to see a sheet of white, slippery ice covering the whole outdoor playground. There was so much excitement amongst the children, they were all eager to play in the ice and snow. There was ice on the deck and ice on the steps, ice on the outdoor tables and even a thick blanket of ice on the green slide. After unpacking our bags in Big Bears we made our way outside to explore this wonderful, white wonderland. As soon as the children all got outside we discovered that we had to be very careful when walking on this cold, slippery surface.
Gene and Charlie made their way over to the frozen green slide. With their little fingernails they began scooping the ice into little watery piles. Aedan had a better idea, he made his way over to the sand pit picked up his digger and began scraping the ice off the little wooden table. Then with his little fingers he proceeded to mould some little ice balls into the shape of an Iceman.
Xander, Harper and James decided to do the same and after discovering lots of ice on the platform of our new fort and they began making little balls of ice to play with. Most of the ice balls that were created were distributed between Soren, Brooke and R.J. for the children to have a play fight. Harper decided to save his three little balls to make an Iceman for Mum. After creating him he carefully carried him inside and placed him in the fridge so he could remain frozen all day.
Meanwhile, Lucas and Mary discovered some freshly laid eggs in the coop. Little Brown Hen had just laid her egg for us to discover. Lucas was so eager to share this discovery with the children. So, after gathering all of his friends together we walked inside, created a lovely little circle upon the warm, soft carpet and passed around this lovely little egg created for us by one of our new friends. Suddenly our fingers were no longer cold but warm through the experience of this tiny little oval creation made for us by our friend Little Brown Chicken.
PRINCIPLES 1. Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships.
PRACTICE 2. Responsiveness to Children
3. Learning through Play
OUTCOME 2 Children are connected with and contribute to their world
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