logo

ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
Promoting quality, valuing knowledge, advancing thinking and working together for the benefit of children, services and the sector

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Member space

 

Activities & Play Ideas - How to articles

Rhythm Ribbons : A Teacher's Learning Story on Using Ribbons to Promote Children's Physical Activity

website ribbonsBy Bronwyn Norman
© ChildForum 

 

Bursting out in the beautiful sunny Autumn/Ngahuru afternoon our tamariki were ready to embrace their environment and interact with each other by choosing materials and playing games.

Fuelled by eating a healthy afternoon tea their bodies were ready to move. Tamariki were walking, running, skipping, jumping and hopping.

The whole of nature was moving. The Autumn/Ngahuru breeze was lifting the red, green, yellow and brown leaves from the Oak trees and as they twirled and swirled to the ground they were further blown into mini tornadoes by the wind.

Being a proactive teacher and taking the lead from nature I wanted to capture the teachable moment for the tamariki and extend their learning so that they were twirling and swirling also.

I asked the tamariki “Would you like to use the Rainbow Ribbons?" The response was “YES”.  “Can I have the purple one”, “Can I have the yellow one”, “Can I have the orange one” ...

Each child experimented in their own personal way with the wands and the ribbons, familiarising themselves with what they could do, swirling and spinning the ribbons around as they flew in the breeze.                                 

Wanting to focus the attention of tamariki to begin turning their arms around in circles just like the wind I began our teachable moment through modelling the actions for the tamariki.

Login with your member's username and password to keep reading

Here’s how our membership plans work

  • Individual Membership plans can view both Individual member-only articles and our library of Research Journals.
  • Early Childhood Service plans can view ALL member articles: Individual, Research Journals and Early Childhood Service articles - along with support and a range of other benefits as outlined on the Join Us page 
  • Research Journal subscription plans can view our library of Research Journals and the articles in all past and current jounral issues.

Should you not hold a current membership –  you are welcome to apply now.

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.

captcha 

We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Join Us!

child-with-binoculars-small

 

Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options

Individual
Member

Who is this for?
Any person who has an interest in early childhood education and care or who works directly with children.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

The membership belongs to you, and you only. Enjoy your own personal username and password.

ECE Service Organisation
Member

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed. Gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS service operation and management area. 

$198.00 12 months for a standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licence

The membership belongs to your whole organisation, team members and managers.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.