Are you in the habit of presenting play dough to children?
Play dough ‘making’ station
Are you in the habit of always presenting dough to children ready made ?
Miraculously it appears on the play dough table each day?
What if we told you that you’ve missed a wealth of opportunities, for children to learn, understand & be part of the process from beginning to end ?
Allowing children to make their OWN dough.
It won’t be perfect ? So what .
It’ll be messy ? Big deal .
It’ll need cleaning up ? Again part of the process .
Learning doesn’t happen in pockets of isolation, it doesn’t happen at ‘Table Top’ activities either!
There are thousands ( & we mean thousands) of quality teaching and learning moments that happen throughout a day.
We have to stop only valuing the traditional ‘activities’ the planned events & predicted tasks
SEE the wealth of potential in our continuous provision.
In a process from beginning to end.
To begin with an adult will model, demonstrate, show, explain, scaffold & support playdough making. However the aim is to remove ourselves & allow independent competent capable children to make their own dough each day.
Our job is to give children the skills that they can do things independently & not to just miraculously present or do things for them !
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.’ –Thomas Carruthers
Another image of play residue to enjoy ❤️