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Painting a tree

Three year old has chosen to paint a picture in the studio area at the nursery setting. There is no adult interaction and she paints a picture which is her own idea without any adult input. She talks to another child who arrives to paint a picture beside her.

Good for looking at

  • Creative development
  • Fine motor skills
  • Imagination
  • Knowledge of the world
  • Effective provision
  • Characteristics of effective learning - choosing ways of doing things, having ideas


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How does the environment and the materials provided support the child’s learning?