Posts in February 2021

What type of activities develop multiple learning areas?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Main ideas for activities should always come from children, but here we show two all time favorites for many children. The activities can easily be modified for your groups' interests. These activities can also evolve over time as children learn more or get interested from a different angle - maintain the activity in the schedule for couple of weeks or until children loose interest.

Activities that have room for children's creativity, ideas and continuous play create more opportunities to practise multiple learning areas.

Do not tidy up instantly but leave it and children will return to it with new ideas the next day. The activity will become a project and with systematic documentation you will notice what children have learnt over time!

Check out these two activities that have learning objectives based on the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education.

What is Finnish ECEC?


The idea behind Storycrafting is to give the opportunity to a child, young person or an adult to talk about their thoughts.

Simply, ask the child to tell a story. Write the storydown exactly as the child tells it. When you get to "the end", read the story aloud in case the child wants to edit some parts.

You can for example ask the child to tell a story a week and you will end up with a lovely story book. When the story is ready, you can draw pictures of different scenes or even make a play out of it! If the child gives a permission, you can read stories outloud to others too.


Verbal expression: I engage in verbal expression + I share thoughts and experiences

Artistic & Cultural expression: I am able to imagine and evoke mental images

5 tips: How to increase child participation?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Here are 5 examples of documentation methods that increase child participation:


Kindiedays pedagogical Portfolio is a purposeful collection of child's work that makes learning visible and illustrates progress. The child participates to the process of compiling the portfolio. Educator sits down with each child regularly to see which documents to add in the child’s individual portfolio and discusses about the child’s learning journey, experiences, wishes etc.

Day of Children

Children decide all the activities that happen during the ‘Day of Children’. Educators find out children’s views and wishes prior the day and organize the day accordingly. Educators document children’s wishes, and outcomes on the ‘Day of Children’ and plan future activities accordingly.


The Storycrafting method is suitable for everyone, and it is easy to use. The idea behind Storycrafting is to give the opportunity to a child to talk about own thoughts. During Storycrafting, the listener is truly interested and wants to listen to what the teller has to say in that moment. Child tells a story and educator writes it down from word to word as the child tells it. In case the child is not inspired, ask again next time. Aim is to find out child’s wishes, ideas, thoughts and experiences.

Say to a child (or a group of children or an adult):
”Please tell a story that you would like to tell.
I will write it down, just as you tell it.
When the story is finished, I will read it aloud.
At that point, you can correct the story or make changes, if you wish.”
(Riihelä 1991; Karlsson 2013)

When the story is ready, it can be shared with the group and child’s family and added to portfolio - with the child’s permission. Educator can use the gained knowledge in future planning.

How to use different types of portfolios?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A pedagogical portfolio is a purposeful collection of child’s work – not only a cute compilation or drawings and photos for families to look at.

Portfolio is a very powerful tool to support learning when used in a right way. The portfolio should show child’s progress and proof of learning. It is an effective method for formative assessment of playful learning and the basis for planning next areas to focus on.

See how you can compile three types of portfolios with Kindiedays:


  • CHOOSE JOURNAL REPORT when you need a general view of the child’s year, a compilation of memories of the academic year/term, a list of which events and activities the child has participated during a certain period.
  • Includes: naps, learnings, events, journal posts, gallery photos.
  • You may leave some categories out of the report (eg. naps) if it is not valid for your purposes.
  • Date View of the Journal Report lists all the activities in a chronological order, including dates & times, photos, videos, notes and learnings. It makes a nice memory of the academic year or term.
  • The alternative Category View groups the activity according categories following each other.


  • CHOOSE DAILY REPORT when you need: more detailed information of the child’s basic care, focused information eg. in the beginning of kindergarten (how the child has eaten, slept or participated in activities during the first weeks), detailed information about the child’s behaviour during a certain period (eg. parents divorce, new baby brother…)
  • Includes: learnings, meals, bathroom, mood, naps, medication, notes, activities
  • You may leave some categories out of the report (eg. naps) if it is not valid for your purposes

Learn about Kindiedays Portfolio Learning


  • CHOOSE LEARNING REPORT when you need: to get a general or even a detailed view of the child’s learning, to know which learning areas have been focused on, to figure out which learning areas to focus on in the future months to guarantee a holistic and continuous learning
  • Shows the progress in each learning area: how big percentage of all objectives has been covered within the chosen time period
  • List view shows the evidence (photos, videos, notes) per each objective.
  • Chart view gives percental and quantitative feedback on the learning objectives reached.

Are you already using Kindiedays?

Here are specific instructions on how to download portfolios through Kindiedays:

First, login to your manager account via