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The 16 Areas of Play

Click on each area of play and discover why it is important in the Playcentre environment and ideas for related activities

Blocks

Books and Storytelling

Carpentry

Clay

Collage

Cooking

Dramatic/Family Play

Junk Play

Manipulative Play

Music

Outdoor and
Physical Play

Paint

Playdough

Sand

Science and Nature

Water

The Value Of Blocks

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strand 5 - Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
  • Are appropriate to all ages
  • Can be played alone or in a group
  • Are non-threatening
  • Give a quick feeling of achievement because few standards are expected
  • Encourage pre-maths skills
  • Assist with visual perception, eye-hand coordination, manipulation and balance
  • Can be used many ways
  • Are clean to use
  • Allow children to reduce the world to a size they can control
  • Allow children to construct and destroy their own work

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Ideas For Blocks

  • Look at how many small blocks make  the same length longer block
  • Balance with scales
  • Make a maze
  • Make an obstacle course
  • Build a city
  • Build a farm yard or zoo
  • Construct a sky tower

Values of Books and Storytelling

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 1,2 and 4 - Wellbeing, Belonging and Communication (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
  • Stimulate the imagination
  • Help develop speech and language
  • Expand the child's world
  • Help develop pre-reading skills
  • Can portray morals
  • Reassure children about strong feelings like fear and anger
  • Soothe upset or sick children
  • Provide a bonding and sharing experience
  • Develop a life long interest
  • Occupy children quietly
  • Are enjoyable!

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Values of Carpentry

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 3 and 5 -Contribution and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
  • Teaches planning
  • Teaches ways of putting things together
  • Develops senses and provides sensory experiences
  • Develops perseverance
  • Teaches how to understand and overcome problems
  • Provides opportunities for language development
  • Uses motor skills
  • Assists with eye-hand coordination
  • Provides a sense of accomplishment
  • Can be an emotional outlet
  • Is challenging
  • Provides and sense of power and confidence
  • Teaches pre-maths skills
  • Teaches wood comes in different forms
  • Teaches concentration
  • Teaches social skills such as turn taking
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Values of Clay


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Values of Collage

   
Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 4 and 5 -  Communication and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
  • Provides scope for language development
  • Provides a chance to explore area, space, ground and background (pre-maths and pre-reading skills)
  • Provides a creative process to develop the child's experimenting, pattern making and symbolic work
  • Provides a chance to empathize with the spiritual  aspect of Papatuanuku (spiritual growth and the beginnings of conservation)
  • Provides a chance to explore the sciences: ecology, biology, botany, geology
  • Provides a chance to enjoy people and develop social skills on collecting expeditions
  • Provides a chance to experiment with composition and an opportunity to exercise judgment
  • Develops special manipulative skills; using scissors, staplers, punch 
  • Provides a chance to "soak" in colour, tones, shades,
    textures, line from (aesthetic awareness)

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Values of Cooking

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 1,2 and 3 -
Well-being, Belonging and Contribution (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
  • Teaches that an adult is a wonderful resource for information and help
  • Develops social skills such as turn taking and asking for help
  • Develops concepts of measurement and comparison of size and volume (pre-maths skills)
  • Develops skills in distinguishing different textures, liquids or solids, soft or hard, clear or cloudy, sticky or smooth
  • Demonstrates chemistry in action (what is in baking powder? how does yeast work? what is gas? what does heat do to the baking?)
  • Teaches basic hygiene expectations
  • Develops motor skills
  • Teaches responsibility for equipment
  • Develops reading and maths skills as recipes are explored

Values of Dramatic & Family Play

Relates to all Te Whariki strands (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)


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Values of Junk Play


Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 4 and 5 - Communication and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)


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Values Of Manipulative Play


(For Example: Puzzles, Threading, Construction Sets, Interlocking Trains and Roads)

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strand 5 - Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
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Values of Music

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 4 and 5 - Communication and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)
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Values of Outdoor and Physical Play


Relates to all Te Whariki strands (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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Values of Paint


Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 4 and 5 - Communication and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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Values of Playdough


Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 4 and 5 - Communication and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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Values of Sand Play


Relates particularly to Te Whariki strand 5 - Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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Values of Science and Nature Activities

Relates particularly to Te Whariki strands 1,2 and 5 - Well-being, Belonging and Exploration (Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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Values of Water Play


Relates particularly to Te Whariki strand 5 - Exploration
(Click here to find out more about Te Whariki)

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