What are the children interested in and what type of small world scene and play ideas could work with this specific group of children? Base ideas on your knowledge of the children and educational expertise
Children can discuss and plan what scene they want to create and what resources they might want to collect from the natural environment. The educator may read a book, such as The Gruffollo or watch a video with the children on a topic that aligns with their emergent interests and then decide with the children what scene to create. Examples of small world scenes include a habitat like a frog pond, a magical and far away land, a farm, a dessert island or even a day at the beach!
Gather and display the materials that will be available for use. Tip: A nature walk can be organised to collect natural materials, the children can be encouraged to work with their parents to collect and bring in materials, the educator can choose a variety of materials or a combination of all three can be used to increase the diversity of materials available
Various natural resources can be collected such as rocks, bark, moss, cones, shells, mud, sand and play-figures, animals and other items can be added to the play scene. Remember, you can use TeachKloud to create and share learning journals with parents. TeachKloud’s learning journals can also be used for next steps, reflections and analysis of learning areas and emergent interests.