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Toddlers and Tyres

posted 31 Oct 2011, 14:14 by Zoe Hendy   [ updated 31 Oct 2011, 14:15 ]
Preschoolers have fun with tyres
After reading an interesting article in Nursery World a few weeks ago Beccy seized the opportunity to make use of two tyres that her husband had recently changed on her car. She arrived at the preschool with two sparkling clean tyres under her arms (thanks to the diligent work of her two children) and left them in the garden for the children to discover during outdoor play.

Those of you who are familiar with our garden know that it has a wonderful natural slope.  At first the children worked out how to push the tyres up to the top of the garden. They then let go and watched as the tyres zigzagged down the grass until they spun and fell to the ground. Some children watched them roll while others ran alongside laughing.  The children discovered that the tyres moved faster on the path than on the grass. They also enjoyed manoeuvring them around the willow arch. 

The Nursery World article emphasised how tyres are a good resource for linking to children’s schemas (repeated behaviours that help children to develop concepts about their world).  Many children have an interest in rotation - using tools and toys that are circular and experiment through their actions how such tools and toys rotate.  Our children were able to experiment how to get the weighty circular rubber rings to move in the direction they want them to go.  In addition to this we were able to observe how this fun exercise helps to develop upper body muscles, improving their gross motor skill development in this area. Development of gross motor skills is a pre-requisite for the finer motor development needed later for writing.