The piggy money box has been a great interest this week for children in the Warren. This activity hits several EYFS areas :
“Begins to learn that some things are theirs, some things are shared, and some things belong to other people”.
This point relates to the piggy money box well as there have been several children in the group that have been working together and with a practitioner’s support, have been taking turns to put the coins through into the money box and sharing the coins out so each child has 1 or 2 coins to post through.
“Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning, and poking.”
This point explains how the children are working out how to post the coins through the top of the money box. Most of the children got the coins through but tried different ways first, these involved working out how to turn, feel, look and poke the coins to see if they would go in. After the children knew what to do they managed to repeat this and get the coins into the money box first time.
“Attempts, sometimes successfully, to fit shapes into spaces on inset boards or jigsaw puzzles”.
This explains that the children are taking several attempts to see if they can get the coins through into the money box. Most of the children didn’t get the coin in first time, but after they tried a range of ways in trying to get the coin through they were successful and repeated it again and again with confidence.
The activity also supports the children’s fine motor skills when picking up the coins and putting them through the money box using their fingers to coordinate picking up the coin. Also hand-eye coordination is key in this activity as the children need to look at the gap in the money box and then use their hands to correspond with what they are looking at to get the coin through.