What to look for:
Moving all of your loose parts from one side of the room to the other.
What are the children learning?
Distance and journeys. Changes in quantity, adding, taking away and dividing.
Throwing toys, hitting, kicking, climbing. Playing with the taps in the bathroom.
How things move and respond. Height and distance.
Adding the sand to the water tray, putting playdough anywhere it shouldn’t be. Mixing up the paint. Dressing up.
Cause and effect.
Hiding toys, wearing lots of layers of clothes, covering themselves in cream or paint. Filling up containers until they overflow at the water tray.
Space and capacity and themselves and how they fit in the world.
Post items down the back of the radiator. Make dens. Hiding themselves. Painting on the walls. Sticking their fingers in holes!.
Size, shape, measurement and volume.
Taking off their seatbelt. Tying things up. Taking things apart. Knotting shoelaces. Ripping books.
Joining and separating with different materials.
Lining up toys. Fussy with food presentation. Eats in a certain order. Lays under tables.
Logic, order, sequencing, classification and symmetry.
Fiddles with dials and knobs on IT equipment. Turns on taps. Spins on chairs. Loves watching wheels turn. Watches washing machines. Loves spinning around.
How things move, spin and turn..
Rocking on a chair. Hanging upside down. Running up a slide..
Balance, width, weight and height.