Spring has brought a range of new learning opportunities for the children at our Winyu Early Childhood Service.
After finding spider webs among the blooming tulips, the children and educators discussed the forms of life we find in our natural world. The children loved exploring for different types of plants and animals and looking at their similarities and differences.
As part of this exploration, the educators asked children to consider the colours and smells in the garden areas. This helps children develop an understanding of their senses and build connection to the natural environment, while fostering autonomy as the children can choose to investigate what they enjoy most in the yard area.
To continue the learning journey and introduce elements of sustainability, educators used recycled plastic containers from the kitchen to teach children about the importance of water for the garden and life more broadly.
The Winyu team also worked the spring-time exploration into their artistic program. Educators set up experiences to paint and collage items from the outdoor environment, as natural settings have a high potential to provoke imagination and creativity, while promoting recognition and appreciation of the environment.