Recently in the Pihanga classroom (3.5 – 5 year olds) tamariki have been showing an interest in learning about bones.
Judy, our amazing kaiako (teacher), decided to create a provocation and made skeleton hands with the tamariki. First they looked at their own hands and analysed them, they felt the bones in their fingers and how they moved. They then drew around their hands and stuck the cotton buds around where they perceived their bones to be.
During this experience there was a wide range of vocabulary being explored, and investigating the physiology of our bodies, in addition to this strengthening fine motor skills through drawing around their hands was key too.