What can play look like?
This I Spy toolkit will help you to understand your child’s:
- movement & coordination
- confidence, creativity & curiosity
- wellbeing (including self, social, emotional and communication)
Play Scotland’s Toolkit
A new ‘I Spy tool’ will be introduced each month.
March’s focus resource is Play Scotland’s Play Toolkit which introduces the different types of play children experience and their vital contribution to learning and development.
Play types are the different behaviours you can look out for when your children are playing.
Family friendly versions of the following tools will be coming soon, including example observations so you know what to look out for!
Realising the Ambition is Scotland’s national guidance on play in the Early Years from Education Scotland. It introduces schema, which are repeated patterns of behaviour that you might spot when your child is playing.
The Leuven Scale is used to check in on your child’s ’emotional well-being’ and ‘involvement’ as they play. Both of which are important for your child’s learning and development.
David Sobel offers a set of 7 play themes to improve outdoor play.
Your child’s meaningful connections with nature don’t begin in the Rainforest or Arctic, but in your own gardens and communities.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Within the Early Years there are three different ways that children learn, by:
- playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
- active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying even if things are difficult, and enjoy their achievements;
- creating and critical thinking – children have their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
The Building Resilience programme can help your child to develop the skills they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
If you have any suggestions for resources you would like to feature in our Sharing the Ambition I Spy toolkit, please get in touch.