My team's final product : 3 learning playstations for the theme Food for K1 childre
1) Maths Corner with the pizza activity.
- Learn numeration, counting, matching
- literacy skills by recognising the words of the various pizza toppings.
Extension : Socio Dramatic play can be encouraged by throwing in some plates, cutlery and toy cashier machine.
i) Textures of different types of Bread
- Literacy objective : Learn the names of the different types of bread
- Explore some texture words for bread; soft, hard, rough and flaky
- Match the shapes of the bread with the texture
ii) Smell and match the Spices activity
- Explore the sense of smell by smelling 10 different types of asian spices
- hand eye coordination to match the correct spices with the numbers
- literacy skills encouraged through learning of the names of the different spices and the scents
- Learn about the types of food that use these spices
-Encourage socio-dramatic play and engage in literacy acts
- Counting and sorting of 'pretend food'
- Practise fine motor skills while fishing and barbecue-ing
I can't ask for a better team, we had great team dynamics and I must say we are a group of fairly creative and inventive people. Thanks Phebe, Pam and Tan Tin for a job well done!
Another dramatic area of an airplane for the theme of transportation.
Another team even went to the extend of bringing their pet dog, hamster and goldfish for the theme on animals. However, the content of their play activities was not anything new that felt that I could learn from.
Some other teams chose to go with the route of 'if you are not so sure how to score points with the content, confuse with the elaborate backdrops and games.'
I really hope to see more of this sort of effort put into actual preschool classrooms, not too confident that they are many teachers who will make that effort for their children in their class. Well, I am certain to have learning through play activities as a key philosophy for my school (if ever, I do open a kindy or enrichment centre in the future). Only teachers with passion for their jobs and want kids to play will need to apply.