We all have days where we would do ANYTHING for a lie-in or a day off but for parents of young children, that just isn’t possible! For me, the guilt of putting J in front of the TV for a couple of hours (or more) is overwhelming!! I genuinely believe that given the right sort of programme, children learn an awful lot!! I’m definitely not against TV in any way – I actually think it can provide a great basis for learning!
Whilst pregnant for G, J watched the film ‘Madagascar’ several (hundred) times!! He adored it and everything about it – so I used this as the basis for some simple creativity and story telling. In fact we used this film for lots of learning. Will post more at a later date!
I presented J with paints, paper, felt tips, glue, scissors and animal print paper. I said he was going to create some pictures about Madagascar however he chose. Then I left the rest to him. J decided he wanted to draw a picture of Marty, Melman and Alex as these are his three favourite characters. As he created, we talked about the film and what happened in the story. I asked questions such as, ‘what happened next?’ ‘Why do you think they did that?’ ‘What would you have done?’ What was the funniest bit?’ etc.
Once J had created his Madagascar picture, he used it to ‘tell me the story’- to say he loved this activity is an understatement. There was so much language, story telling and expanding his thoughts and feelings – how could watching this film not be educational?!
What did J learn?
- Sequencing a story in language and picture form
- Developing language through story telling, adding detail to explanations and asking questions
- Developing his own narrative
- Developing fine motor skills and control of different materials
- Experimenting with different materials
J’s Age: 2 years and 6 months