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Yasmine explores slopes and edges

18 month old Yasmine is exploring the garden. She is interested in a particular spot in the corner with a step and slopes. What is she’s investigating?

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Playing and exploring, finding out and exploring, having a go, involved and concentrating, Active learning, involved and concentrating, keeping on trying
  • Physical play
  • Physical development – space, slopes gradients

18 month old Yasmine is exploring the garden. She is interested in a particular spot in the corner with a step and slopes. What is she’s investigating?

Notice

  • How do we know what Yasmine is interested in?  Be specific, look out for body language, actions, gestures.
  • How does Yasmine engage with these objects?
  • What is she learning from her play?
  • Which development areas, characteristics of learning are evident?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • What Yasmine is interested in? What is she exploring?
  • Yasmine’s levels of involvement in this self chosen activity?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support Yasmine?
  • The value of this type of physical exploratory play for Yasmine?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Extend Yasmine’s learning – e.g. supplying other materials and resources, talking to her about what she is doing, make more observations to get further insight into her thinking?
  • Encourage other children to join Yasmine’s game?

What next:

  • Do you need to allow more time and space for this kind of physical and explorative play to occur in your setting?