Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Just Playing?" Going Fishing Magnet Play

Thanks for joining me here for another installment in our "Just Playing?" series! You are invited to view the photos and really think about what you see going on here and be sure to share your thoughts, observations and reflections in the comments. Sure, the children are playing, but they are also learning! 

Some of the kids got out the magnets the other day and began to explore. In the box with the magnets, I have some metallic and non metallic items for the children to experiment with. 

While one little guy was playing, he kept adding items to the creation he was making. Before long, it resembled a fishing pole. 

He carried it around and pretended to fish, making motions as if to reel in a fish.

After a bit, he added a few of the paper clips and a plastic fish manipulative. The kids are pretty used to me taking photos of their play and when they have made something they are particularly proud of, they'll frequently call me over and ask me to take a picture, so it wasn't a surprise when he called to me, "Mrs. Ayn take my picture! I've caught a big one!"

We may be "just playing", but....
What are the children doing here?
What do you see?
What learning is taking place?
What skills are being practiced/developed?

just playing

This post is part of the "Just Playing?" Blog Hop!
Thank you for remembering that young children do not "just play." Young children play. They develop through play. They learn through play. They experiment through play. They grow through play. A child's work is play. Play is important!
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  1. What a great imagination! And all the while he's learning about magnets and what is magnetic without even realizing it!

  2. Oh Magnets! Aren't they such a valuable and FUN learning tool? The first thing I think of is the scientific process. Making a plan and carrying it out. Cause and Effect. The list goes on and on...

  3. Look at the trial and error, the creative problem solving... the ability to make something out of "nothing"- relating inanimate objects to previous experiences, sharing stories that are relevant to past experiences. Thanks for linking up and playing with us this week!


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