I observed three children of the age of 5 to 6 years old at the water play area in a private kindergarten. The indoor water play is located in the basement. Their names are Anna, Dean and Amy. The water play area had a huge container of water. There were about ten different water play materials for the children to manipulate, for example, funnels, hose, cups, jugs, containers and animals. The teacher-in-charge would fill the basin with water before every play and after which, she would approach the water play area every five minutes and facilitate the children’s play. Observations
Anna held onto the water jug and scooped water to fill her jug. She poured it out into another different container and did this action repeatedly for four times. While doing this, she was whispering to herself, ‘The water is so cold!’ Anna turned to Amy and asked, ‘What are you doing?’ Amy replied saying, ‘The water keeps coming out from the holes (of the container she is using).’ ‘Use this!’ Anna suggested by handing over the jug she was holding. Meanwhile, Dean was looking for a material to help him put water into a bottle. He asked Anna and Amy, ‘Where’s the funnel?’ Anna immediately went over to the other end of the container to get the funnel for Dean. She asked Dean, ‘Can I help you fill the bottle?’ Dean nodded his head and they both started pouring water into the funnel. They were laughing and having fun filling the bottle as water splashed onto them. Amy picked up a syringe and filled it with water. She then squirted the water at Dean and the three of them started to sprinkle water at each other. They were having a lot of fun until it was time to pack up. Analysis and Interpretation
The environment speaks to the children. When they enter a play area they will be able to tell whether it is a place for them and how you intend them to use it. Firstly, the physical environment the children have for water play in the kindergarten is developmentally appropriate as...
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