Toddler

Exploring the Outdoors
January 2020

 

The toddlers have been enjoying their outdoor explorations. True to Canada’s ever changing weather, they have experienced many different weather conditions and adjusted themselves quite nicely. When there was snow most recently the toddlers enjoyed taking part in a snow and food colouring experiment. As the educators poured droplets of food colouring onto the snow, the children helped to move the snow around, using their mittened covered hands. The friction of their hands moving the snow around caused the food colouring to become more vibrant in the snow.

 

Children snow painting


“Hoorary I did it!” said Wilder proudly looking very pleased with his efforts. The other toddlers expressed their social interest when they saw Wilder focus his attention at helping the educator. They came over and imitated what their peer was doing.

 


Soon Wilder and his friends were working together, using their helping hands for one common goal. This experience helped the toddlers with their colour recognition and language skills as they identified all the colours that they saw as well as the team work that was taking place and the collaboration of effort that it took to get those colours visible on the snow.

 


On another day, after a recent rainstorm, we discovered that some areas of our playground had turned into a great big puddle. The toddlers were very excited to be able to take a closer look and participate in some hands on learning. They followed one another’s lead, as they explored the mud with their whole bodies, working their leg muscles, stomping, jumping and marching in the big mud puddles. The educators brought out some hand shovels and containers and watched as the scooping and dumping commenced. By providing containers and shovels for the toddlers during this experience, we were inviting them to coordinate their sensory and motor skills which is essential to their hands on learning.

 


Eli was using his sensory exploration, as he manipulated the mud with his hands, and then gently laid his cheeks and nose in the mud, seeming to enjoy the feeling of the coldness and texture on his skin. Then he raised himself up from where he was laying and laughed showing us his pure enjoyment of discovering the mud.

 

Child playing in mud


The educators watched as other friends joined in to explore the mud as well, then as the toddlers showed their curiosity, the educators invited exploratory actions with predictive questions, “How does the mud feel?” “Is the mud cold?” they asked. Chayce looked down at his mud covered hands and said, “mud is cold!” Predictive questions such as these, promote the cause-and-effect explorations of toddlers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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75 Pebblecreek Drive
Kitchener, Ontario
N2A 0E3

Hours of Operation
6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phone:
(519) 894-0563
Email: sjp@owlchildcare.org

Supervisors

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Shannon Bell, RECE
Supervisor

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Deb Wintrip, RECE
Assistant Supervisor