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Yasmine grouping toys

18 month old Yasmine is playing in the nursery garden. She spots some wooden toy creatures, what will she do with them?

Good for looking at

  • COEL – creating and thinking critically, making links and developing ideas of grouping
  • Object play
  • Following own interests
  • Schemas
  • Physical development

18 month old Yasmine is playing in the nursery garden. She spots some wooden toy creatures, what will she do with them?

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 was interested in? What concepts do you think she exploring?
  • Yasmine’s level of involvement?
  • The role of the resources in this interaction?
  • The value of this type of exploratory play for Yasmine?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Yasmine’s interests further? e.g. supplying other materials to develop her ideas further in different contexts?
  • Encourage Yasmine to talk about what she’s doing?

What next:

  • Do you need to encourage more of this kind of exploratory play and learning for the young children in your setting?