Course Description

Course Name

Children, Science and Play

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Explores concepts of physical, material and biological sciences in the context of children?s toys, games and play.

This paper is largely practical, and students learn how to include types of energies, forces, nature of science and play in toys - many of which are made in class.

Teaching Arrangements
The paper is taught over one semester, with classes Monday and Wednesday from 3.00-4.30 pm. There is a two-week gap when the College of Education students are on teaching placement - normally in May.

Course Structure
The paper is predominately hands-on, with students making and creating many of the activities used in class. Topics include:
- Materials play
- Moving-things play
- Air play
- Playground play
- Water play
- Living-world play
- Electricity-and-magnets play
-Light-and-colour play
- Sound play
- Natural-world play
- Computer-based animations/interactives
- Toys and games of the early M?ori

There are two internal assessments:
- A toy construction assessment
- Resource Test (in-class)

Learning Outcomes
The students will:
1. Investigate physical phenomena, such as forces and energy in children's toys, games and play
2. Investigate the nature and properties of materials used in children's toys, games and play
3. Investigate the living world through children's toys, games and play
4. Recognise the natural environment as a context for developing scientific understanding through children's toys, games and play

*Course content subject to change