Part of learning together is learning about managing risk. So when tamariki make up a game that they want to play, it is about us as kaiako (teachers) supporting them to assess risk so that they can have fun in as safe a way as possible.
Today Reeve, Tara and Harper made up a game that included stepping from the seat of the picnic table onto the moon hopper that was placed inside the tyre to use that as a jump off spot to land on the cushioned wedges. As their play evolved, we talked about what was the safest way to be able to do this activity so that they could do it and they came up with the plan. We talked about taking turns and waiting for your ehoa to get out of the way before taking your turn. When new tamariki arrived to play they explained to them how the game was played – even down to reminding their friends that we do not step on the table top.
This was an experience that gave so much learning to every person involved. The best part was the way they helped each other by putting the cushioned wedges back in place so the next person could reach them. That’s what friends are for.