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Seb plays with bricks (long)

Three year old Seb is building a police/fire station with his mum. He talks through his thinking as they collaborate on the structure.

Good for looking at

  • COEL - Creating and thinking critically
  • Object play
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Maths


  • How do we know what Seb is interested in?  Be specific, look out for body language, actions, gestures.
  • How is Seb learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does Mum support Seb’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided?


What did you recognise about:

  • The way Seb is learning – what evidence did you see of him creating and thinking critically?
  • The areas of learning and development that were covered?
  • The adult’s roles – how did she support Seb?
  • The importance of the materials?


What would you do to:

  • Encourage Seb to expand his interests and increase his problem solving skills? Could you give him more time and more objects and see what he does?
  • Encourage him to share his skills with other children? Also could others show him more ideas for what to do with the bricks?

What next:

  • Could you suggest a way of doing something similar with the children in your own setting?