Recent thunder storms and extreme hot weather has meant we have spent a bit of time inside recently.
With three active toddlers to keep busy and to maintain my sanity I have set up several fun activities. Indoor cubby houses, bath time fun and a pool noddle obstacle course.
Using pool noodles, bought cheaply from my local supermarket, I placed them down the hall with a nice big gap between them. At the end of the pool noddle hurdles was a balloon (encased in a balloon cover - makes a great kicking ball as the fabric adds a little weight to the balloon).
Once you have jumped over the noodles, you then kick the balloon towards the goal net (behind camera) and then do it all over again.
Strawberry had a run through the course. Less jumping than actually stepping over the noodles, but this is her physical developmental level right now and an activity such as this one is great for developing those gross motor skills.
Chook absolutely loved this activity and after a couple of runs through the course he began to create his own course.
Which soon led to building towers with pool noodles :)
Got to love imagination and open ended play materials!
Links to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia:
Children have a strong sense of identity: Confidently explores the environment through play, joins in play, faces a challenge.
Children are connected with and contribute to their world: taking turns at the obstacle course, Uses play to explore new ideas
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing: accepts a new challenge, Engage in increasingly complex movement patterns, use gross motor and balance in activity, shows enthusiasm for play activity
Children are confident and involved learners: uses play to investigate, imagina and explore ideas, extend their own interest, persist when faced with difficulty, manipulate objects and experiment with trial and error
Children are effective communicators: respond verbally and non-verbally to the activity