ACTIVITIES FOR KINDERGARTEN
By Christine Matthews, Experienced Kindy Teacher and mother of Lucas and Lachlan
As a Kindergarten teacher, I found this lovely book offered so many opportunities for learning experiences that linked directly to learning outcomes outlined in the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Learning Outcome 5.2 – Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.
I introduced the book by initially discussing the book orientation, the Author, the Illustrator, and what the book might be about based on the visual images. I found the group to be curious about the visual images and responded with questions and interest. This interest in the visuals continued throughout the reading. The entire group was actively engaged with the story and shared their enjoyment by laughing out loud, asking questions and making predictions about what the next page might behold.
Learning Outcome 5.4 – Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
During the reading, children were able to listen and respond to sounds, rhymes, and patterns within the story. Most children joined in the repetition of “Boxes big, boxes small, boxes short, boxes tall” using body gestures to represent the box sizes.
Learning Outcome 5.1 – Children interact verbally and non-verbally for a range of purposes.
After the reading, we discussed what we liked about the story, and favourite pages / visuals. This book connected with every child in some way, and many were able to reflect on a time when they had played in boxes imaginatively. They all remembered a favourite page, and it was interesting to see the diversity amongst the children’s responses.
Learning Outcome 4.1 – Children develop dispositions for learning such as creativity, cooperation, creativity, enthusiasm, imagination and persistence.
After our discussions about the book, I introduced lots of boxes of different sizes for children to use in their play. It was wonderful to see the creativity and resourcefulness stemming from “The Magic in Boxes”. Some children ended up working together to create a cubby-house, whilst others turned their boxes into boats and trains. Lots of problem-solving, collaboration, thinking strategies and early numeracy are apparent in open-ended learning experiences like this.
Learning Outcome 2.4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.
This beautiful book introduces children to the importance of sustainability. They don’t need plastic toys to have fun and be creative. Rather they can make use of recyclable materials that offer so many wonderful play experiences, whilst also developing thinking skills, creativity and imagination.
The Magic in Boxes, by Chrissy Byers … as a teaching resource, the learning opportunities are endless!
From building houses out of boxes – we can explore communities, cities, natural and constructed environments, neighbourhoods, roads, safety, other forms of housing, animal houses / habitats.
From turning boxes into trains – we can explore modes of transport, speed, road signs, road safety, travel, holidays, passports, tickets.