Water play has been particularly popular this week, with children using small jugs and potion bottles to make a range of potions and perfume! We added leaves from the garden to make our perfume smell nice, and talked about what we were making!
Role play is always popular. On Wednesday, we set up a hairdresser salon, with many children visiting the salon to have their hair brushed and styled! On Friday, we then changed the role play to a Doctor's surgery. Staff encourage children's 'writing' as they wrote waiting lists and symptom guides! Many of our children joined this role play and we observed some lovely examples of children extending and elaborating on their play ideas as they discussed what was wrong, and how they could fix it!
We've also enjoyed some new role play outfits this week, courtesy of a kind donation from a past Squirrel! We have explored a range of superhero outfits, including Cat-boy, Superman, and Batman. The children have been dressing up and acting out their Superhero play, which has proved very popular all week.
In the garden, bikes and scooters remain a popular activity. Children are now learning how to take turns on these by using our sand timer to wait for a go. We've also been practicing our balancing using our balance crates and planks of wood, observing children working together to set these up, and also offering friends a helping hand if they struggle.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Encouraging our children to talk about and explore their feelings is an important part of supporting children's wellbeing. This can be done through stories, talk, and play. The link below is an NHS guide to talking about feelings with your child...
Talking to your child about feelings - NHS (www.nhs.uk)