The children were exploring different textures in the water tray today. We had some gooey red jelly and bicarbonate of soda fizzy ice as well as some fluffy frozen shaving foam.
The children loved feeling the different textures. They were able to use great descriptive words. They could see the bicarbonate ‘bubble’ when it came in contact with the jelly. The ice was SO cold and the shaving foam was like ‘snow’. Then one child said “it’s a big iceberg!” We all watched the iceberg float around our jelly sea before it slowly melted.
Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses (Educational playcare, 2016). Studies have shown that from birth to early childhood, children explore and make sense of the world through, touching, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting.
Our children have been working on their descriptive language whilst they explore their senses and to add depth to their learning the children were involved in selecting a variety of materials to explore. Whilst exploring the children were involved in discussions about what they could feel, see, hear, smell and taste.
The children have also initiated an interest in farm animals, we incorporated some foods that we may find on a farm into these exploration experiences.
Here are some of the experiences that we have taken part in.
” it’s so squishy”
”it smells like onions”
”it smells like soup”
“I like porridge, it’s lumpy”
”honey is sticky”
“Its green and it is bendy in the wind”
”it’s like rain”