Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Observing Taylor : Tubes & Cake Tins

Working in Early Years, I'm constantly finding myself observing Taylor's behaviours and subliminally linking them up to the Development Matters statements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, as this is what I did on a day to day basis whilst looking after and assessing young children.

I love setting up little activities and seeing how Taylor reacts to them. I observe his actions and behaviours.

Taylor is 10 months old. 
He gets bored very easily with his toys, and much prefers to explore things he's not supposed to ;) 
He loves cause and effect things and loves to 'play' with household items. [Did you see our Treasure Basket post?
Now and then I'll put a few things together for him to explore, then sit back and watch what he does.

I came across the following activity on The Imagination Tree, which is a fantastic website full of great ideas and activities, written by a Mummy & Early Years teacher, like myself. I often find myself clicking on for some inspiration when I see Taylor start to get fed up and cranky.

So, a super quick and easy sorting activity using household items:


What I used:
I got an old cake tin out of the kitchen cupboard, and an old kitchen roll tube. I cut the tube into smaller pieces and popped them into the sections of the cake tin. I leave the tin in the middle of the room, set up with the cardboard pieces in the sections of the cake tin, then sit back and watch.

What Happened:
Taylor, after watching me, heads straight for the cake tin, picks it up, tipping all the  tube pieces out and explores the tin. He looks at it and feels the shapes of the sections. He walks around with it, taking it into the kitchen, chattering away. He holds it above his head and makes a loud noise, smiling. 
He sits down and starts to bang it with his hands, like a drum.
He then notices the tube pieces on the floor and starts to pick them up one by one, putting them into his mouth. Taylor is constantly babbling throughout. 

I decide to intervene as the cardboard is getting a little soggy and bits are starting to come off in his mouth. So I remove them and decide to model the activity, by placing the tube pieces into the cake tin sections. Taylor watches me carefully, then picks up the cake tin, sending the tube pieces onto the floor again.
He then picks one up and attempts to put them into the sections himself. As he is holding the tin at an angle, they don't stay in the tin but fall out. He picks them up and puts them in the tin again. 

I watch him for a few more minutes, then I decide to join in and add a few tube pieces into the cake tin. Taylor watches and copies. We do this together for a few more minutes, adding the tube pieces to the sections of the cake tin, with Taylor picking up the tin and watching the tube pieces fall out.

What I Thought:
I think this activity lasted about 10 minutes before he lost interest and went to do something else.

I thought it was a great little activity that took seconds to set up. I loved watching him explore, and felt super proud that he managed to copy what I was doing and put some of the tubes into the sections, as I wasn't expecting him to do this at all. :)

EYFS Development Matters Statements:
[what he is learning]

Interacts with others and explores new situations when being supported by a familiar person. - Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Making Relationships (8-20mths)

Concentrates intently on an object or activity of own choosing for short periods. - Communication & Language: Listening & Attention (8-20mths)

Enjoys babbling and increasingly experiments with using sounds and words to communicate for a range of purposes. - Communication & Language: Speaking (8-20mths)

When sitting, can lean forward to pick up small toys. - Physical Development: Moving & Handling (8-20mths)

Picks up small objects between thumb and fingers. - Physical Development: Moving & Handling (8-20mths)

Do you have any quick activities we can do, 
to share with me?

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  1. That's a really clever use of things you had lying around. He looks like he's having such fun! #weekendbloghop

    1. I do love finding random things for him to explore :)

  2. I love this! When you see things like this on Pinterest the child is always obediently doing what the activity suggests, but whenever I tried anything with S when she was smaller it always ended up with things in her mouth, throwing stuff around and me going "wait, we're meant to be doing this!"
    Looks like he had a great time! Thanks for linking up with the Weekend Blog Hop!

    1. Thats a good thing tho!! Theres no right or wrong, its whatever and however she wants to explore! Go with it!! :)

  3. Ah I love this - I used to love doing simple tasks with my boys when they were little. Thanks for linking up #TalkAITuesday

  4. What a great activity, Elsie (20 months) would love this! Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Hope you can join us again next week :) X

  5. What a fun and creative project for little hands. I love it. You really got creative. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  6. Looks like a fun creative thing for him to do! :)
    And it's great that you've documented it in a blog post.

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope too see you this Sunday at #justanotherlinky


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