Christmas is fast approaching and the wirra is drying rapidly. The native grasses have greened and are seeding and soon, we will notice the Christmas Bush (Spinosa bursaria) begin to bloom with its bunches of tiny white flowers. This year we have been challenged with wet weather on Tuesdays, but in the past Stay and Players have often looked for the shady pots in the wirra. In the mornings, the main path in front of the deck is in deep shade and children have enjoyed obstacle courses there. “The Nook” is also a shady haven, offering a space for quieter activities like drawing and painting. We have utilised a large umbrella in the Activity Space to provide shade over the popular water activities. The Native Pine (Callitris pressii) near the old farm gate entry has presented itself as a wonderful Christmas tree when decorated. This year, you will discover our new signage lettering “wakwakurnaku wirra” and you might even discover a hand-crafted angel spreading the good news. Joy Stewart 2nd December 2018
Like fences, walls can be for keeping children safe, but they can also become creative usable spaces.
Vertical surfaces are beneficial for children in developing fine and gross motor skills. Shoulder/elbow stability, wrist extension, midline crossing and visual attention are all enhanced on a vertical surface and provide young children with important skills for future writing experiences.
At Stay and Play, the addition of a chalk board to the wall in the nook has provided a focal point for children to express themselves visually as well interacting with adults about the theme for the day.
The wall and the path, leading to the office, is another space for children to interact and try a range of sensory experiences using chalk, water, paper, plastic and contact.
Joy Stewart 10 August, 2018