Song: May Tatlong Bear May tatlong bear sa loob ng isang bahay, Si PAPA bear, si MAMA bear, si BABY bear Si PAPA bear ay malakas Si MAMA bear ay maganda Si BABY bear ay napakaliksiTingnan niyo, tingnan niyo, ang saya nila (2x)
Play Scales, et al., (1991) called play "thatabsorbing activity in which healthyyoung children participate withenthusiasm and abandon" (p. 15). Csikszentmihalyi (1981) described playas "a subset of life..., an arrangementin which one can practice behaviorwithout dreading its consequences"
Importance of playFrost (1992) concurred, stating that "play isthe chief vehicle for the development ofimagination and intelligence, language, socialskills, and perceptual-motor abilities ininfants and young children" (p. 48).Garvey (1977) states that play is most commonduring childhood when childrens knowledgeof self, comprehension of verbal and non-verbal communication, and understanding ofthe physical and social worlds are expandingdramatically.
The child plays with other children andthere is a common goal or purpose totheir activity.They may be following one another in afunctional activity, or they may beorganized for making some materialproduct, striving to attain somecompetitive goal, dramatizing situationsof adult or group life, or playing formalgames.
“group-centered”Group play involves two or more individualsand is one of the most exhilarating, excitingand fulfilling interactive experience forchildren.Group activities are more memorable andjoyous when shared with friends and familyand are irreplaceable gems that provide afoundation for the development of the skillsneeded for an individual to become a healthyand well-rounded person.
Group play activities provide learningexperiences for a child that teaches him: Kindness To resolve conflicts To build friendships To respect others To communicate her thoughts and feelings To understand how her input is essential to the successful outcome of the group To develop more positive feelings about others To develop team -spirit To work collaboratively, share ideas and take on responsibilities for the benefit of the entire team
To learn and study others‟ emotions and howthey respondin different situationsTo work in a productive wayTo share and take turns which builds andmaintain healthyrelationships even in adulthoodTo foster healthy competition with othersTo be confident. A shy child won‟t gainconfidence if heis always on his own without friendsThe more a child is around others the more hisbrain isbeing stimulated as he is constantly exploringothers andeverything around him
Here are some group play activities that can certainly provide some of the benefits mentioned 1.The Freeze Game- a musical recorder or radio is required. The parent or caregiver asks the children to scatter around the room evenly. When the music begins to play, children should move and explore the room in creative ways (e.g. hopping, skipping or dancing) in time with the music. When the music stops everyone should freeze in their position for two to three seconds, then the music play again. Children with mobility challenges should be encouraged to move whichever body part they can
2. Cat and Dog Game- two stuffed animals are needed for thisgame. One represents a cat and the othera dog. The group sits in a circle on thefloor. The dog and the cat is passedaround the circle in opposite directionsto the music. The aim of the game is toget the animal to a predetermine pointwithout dropping it. The child who dropsthe animal will do a dance, sing or someother activity.
3. Backyard Treasure Hunt Game-this activity allows each child to develop hisproblem solving and language skills. The gamecan be played in a backyard or park. Theadult hides several items within the yard orpark and splits the children in two equalgroups. Each team is given a small containerto collect the hidden items. A specific time isallotted for the game. Each team is rewardedaccording to the number of items collectedwithin the allotted time.
Always keep group activities fun withemphasis placed on every child orgroup of children being a winnerinstead of being in a competition.Single child caregivers can considerinviting the child‟s friends over for anafternoon of fun and games.
Engaging with an object or areaand, either by manipulation ormovement, (such as handling, throwing, banging or mouthing, assessing its properties, possibilities and content in search of factual information)
The fascination is with „what I can dowith this and/or what I can make it do‟Example;stacking bricks, dismantling a clock orradio, whipping a rope and swinging astick or stacking toys one on top ofanother just to see what happens. It is looking for and trying out newthings withtentative, cautious, excited curiosity.
It is a process of building an end productfrom a range of materials. However the endproduct is not the most importantthing, especially not for the younger childConstruction and manipulative play issuitable for all stages of play and can be anindividual activity like a jigsaw or a co-operative activity like a floor puzzle. Not onlydoes construction promote manipulative skillsit also encourages children to develop theirlanguage skills by talking about what they aredoing.
Suitable toys include: Teifoc setswith real terracotta bricks (age 3and up), Eitech sets (build acar, tractor - age 6 and up etc)and for younger ones tryPlayMais, a natural toy made ofmaize which little fingers canstick together with water, nomess or fuss, just fun!
Construction ToysThe selection and variety ofconstruction toys has increasedconsiderably so that the wide assortmentof choice is now available.Duplos, Bristles Blocks, magnetic blocksand snap blocks are good beginningmanipulative for young children, allowingfor easy grip and assembly.
Children quickly loose interests afterassembling the pieces a fewtimes, whereas more opened-materialscan be used over and over in anendless variety of ways. Simple toyssuch as nap beads and large size legosare available for toddlers.
The benefit of construction toysConstruction toys will help children developbasic math and physics. The sets are all aboutsize, shape, color, and balance.Construction toys offer the child anopportunity to build their ideas and solvingproblems. It will happen when children began tohave specific plan in their head. They will enjoythrough many problems and solve it.Construction toys help children develop finemotor skill as eye-hand coordination. Babies andtoddlers enjoy pick up and move big block withall their body. For preschoolers the blocks aremore detailed and require precise control andmovement.
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