Here at Giggles & Atlas, we love to help extend the children’s interest when it comes to learning about an event or occasion. The educators know that when children use their imaginations they are building their confidence and forming ideas on how to cooperate with others and negotiate roles. Through events that the children have participated in this year, the children have had the opportunity to engage in interactions that promote respect for diversity and value uniqueness while they explore their own culture, heritage, backgrounds and traditions, as well as those of their peers.
As part of learning about the events, the educators and families have the opportunity to share in the special fun through a range of activities. One of them is dressing up. The educators collaborate with each other and the children to look at ideas of what they can do to further their learning. For book week this year, the children and educators were encouraged to dress up as princesses or pirates. When discussing with the children what they might dress up as, the educators explained to the children about the special day and together they came up with ideas on what they could be. The children then took turns to communicate who they would like to be. The educators also love to join in and discuss what they can do to participate. Another event that the educators participated in was a dress-up week where the educators had a theme each day — princesses, superheroes, fairies and book characters. We have seen that some of the most creative outfits are not bought from a shop, but rather they are handmade.
One child was Cat in the Hat where his mum had made a hat out of painted stripped paper plates! Another was Olaf where they wore a white T-shirt with black paper dots taped onto it. We have loved seeing the creative ideas our children, families and educators have come up with and can’t wait to see what they create in the future.
Physical activity is vital for a child’s
development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.
Our Munch and Move program supports a physical activity environment which includes both indoor and outdoor play. We have equipment that can be used both indoors and outdoors. This equipment includes large pieces like balance beams or small equipment such as bean bags. Whatever encourages movement indoors and outdoors!
Benefits of physical activity:
Screen time is where children sit in front of or with an electrical device such as TV, iPad, Phones, Ipods etc. Research has shown that children in Australia are spending to much time being sedentary or inactive with screens and not enough time being active, this can lead to health problems now and in their future.
Giggles and Atlas implement on a regular basis "Screen Free Days” where all the rooms within the Centre’s put away their Screen devices for the day and complete a range of active activities. These can be activities that are focusing on children using fundamental gross motor skills such as running, jumping, skipping, using spatial awareness skills, stamina, ball skills and much much more! Not only gross motor skills are focused on but also keeping the mind active by completing cognitive and sensory processing skills as well through problem solving puzzles, matching games, sequencing games, art and craft for imagination and the list goes on!
Some effects of too much Screen Time :
Looking at a screen intensely can cause sore, irritated and dry eyes, headaches and fatigue.
Looking down at a device can make your child’s neck and spine uncomfortable.
Being inactive for long periods using a screen can lead to a less active lifestyle, which could lead to obesity.
Parent Feedback :
“I love this idea, my daughter is obsessed with all things electronic, I can’t wait to implement at home.”
“We have implemented this at home and my children have learnt to love these days as we spend family time playing board games and other activities.”
Tips for reducing screen time at home :
- Set time limits for Electronic device use at home
- Designate the occasional Screen-Free day at home
- Use background music instead of background Tv
- Eat at the table with the Tv off
- Keep Tv’s and computers out of your child’s bedroom
- Be an active role model for your child
If you would like more information on this topic you can refer to: www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au