Celebrate children's achievements, their ‘Wow Moments’, through photographs that can be shared with families and peers. (Every moment is a ‘Wow Moment’ in early years!) This activity gives children the opportunity to use technology to collect information, take photographs and create a ‘Wow Moments’ wall display. This activity encourages children to become more independent in realising their own potential and celebrating their successes, as well as supporting relationship building.
Discuss with the children what they think is special about themselves. Group them in pairs or threes and ask them to talk about what they think is special about someone else in the setting, e.g. a friend or member of staff.
Explain to the children that if they think they have had a ‘Wow Moment’ and want to photograph it, they can use the ‘Wow Moment’ camera. If they need help, they can ask an adult or the ‘Chief Photographer’.
When using the ‘Wow Camera’ encourage them to talk about why this is a special moment, e.g. “I have had a Wow moment today when I painted….” or “I want to take a photo of this because I am proud of my painting”.
Create a display with the ‘Wow Moment’ photos. Include speech bubbles recording what the children think of their learning so far. Parents and carers can add their thoughts about special memories too – this will create a contrast between the parent / child voice. Add to the display over a number of weeks.