Sunday, 10 April 2011


Transporting Water
 from one end of the garden to the other end.
Children transfer objects from one place to another often using trundle trolleys, buggies and buckets, or wheel barrows. Exploring transporting develops understanding of quantity and number.
Transporting a friend!

When transporting items these children will fill bags, prams, wheelbarrows (enveloping) and then transport them to another part of the nursery. They have been known to move furniture and even the whole of the role play area describing their play as 'moving house' or 'going on holiday'.

Do any parents recognize this schema at home?

The child who carries everything from one place to another and causes disarray in your home; moving furniture etc is likely to be following a transporting schema because nothing is ever left in its place.

But your child is learning! Transporting schema particularly involves mathematical and language development. When children collect objects or make heaps of things we can encourage them to estimate quantity and predict size and weight.

We can extend their language by making comments such as 'I can see you are...'
    These children used drain pipes and buckets
    to transport the water
  • pushing
  • pulling
  • going fast/slow
  • coming
  • going
  • carrying
  • collecting
  • forwards
  • backwards
  • weaving
  • making a pathway 


  1. Well done Kim, really good blog took the pictures to use on Katie's board at Explorers.



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