We decided to continue the animal exploration and brought out a safari scene for exploration. The children were very interested in sorting and grouping the animals by types or families. Again our pretend play developed into higher levels by acting out swimming, climbing trees and eating food. We were especially excited when we noticed the giraffe print on our shirts, arms and faces when we were playing near the wall. We talked about how we looked like giraffes and we started acting out being giraffes. We plan to explore different animal prints on the wall and see how the children react when they see the prints projected onto their own bodies.
We have noticed the children engaging more with each other during the scenery explorations. Their animals are starting to interact with each other and we are beginning to see more modeling and social learning throughout the group.