OUR PLAY AREAS
At Kloof pre-Primary we know that all children learn most effectively through concrete experiences. This is why all of our play areas are very carefully set up to allow for maximum exploration and learning through all of the senses.
Different media are put in the troughs daily, which help the children to develop their tactile senses while playing. Big paper is provided on easels for painting to ensure that children are learning to cross their midlines and to also paint on a different plane. We also provide various gross motor skill activities to develop balance and co-ordination, such as balance beams, stilts and obstacle courses.
FANTASY & HOME CORNER
Our fantasy or home corner changes weekly, with new dress up clothes put out as well as the furniture arranged in a new and exciting way. Fantasy play is encouraged, as role-play helps children to develop their emotional and social skills.
The blocks are always accompanied by different toys in order to promote imaginative play. Block play is important in teaching children problem solving skills, mathematics as well as creativity.
Here children do puzzles and play educational games which help with their perceptual skills and intellectual development. Various size puzzles ranging from 8 pieces to 200 pieces are available as well as different educational games for all age groups.
ART & CREATIVE ROOM
Activities in the art room change daily and always include :-
3D CONSTRUCTION WITH BOXES & ANTI-WASTE
DRAWING & PAINTING
MODELLING WITH PLAY DOUGH
TEACHER GUIDED ACTIVITY RELATED TO THE THEME
Our cycle track is designed like a real road with stop streets and signs, and bikes and scooters are changed daily. Bike riding is important for children’s muscle development and co-ordination, while it teaches them road safety and traffic rules at the same time.
Sand play is important for the development of many of a child’s mathematical concepts as well as being a very soothing activity when a child needs some quiet time.
Many parents are so surprised and delighted when they see our vast playground which is truly a haven for fun and exploration for any young child. Our variety of equipment provides for the following gross motor opportunities and many more:
CLIMBING & SWINGING
SLIDING & HIDING
PULLING & PUSHING
BALANCING & RUNNING