A group of children have been working on a spring wall display and have been discovering new techniques to print shapes. Flowers were made using sticks of celery dipped in paint. Blossom was created from paint and tissue, and ladybirds were made to climb the tree. This has resulted in a very pretty display which the children would be delighted to show you.
We have been bug hunting under the logs in the garden and are waiting to see if any would like to move into our lovely bug hotel.
There have been lots of traditional games played in the garden this week such as Farmers in his Den and Please Mr Crocodile. Hide and seek is always a favourite and the same hiding places are used again and again, but always produce much excitement and surprise when the children are discovered.
Towards the end of the week thoughts turned to dinosaurs again and a large swamp was created on a roll of wallpaper using coloured pencils and pens. Lots of children took part and all kinds of frightening areas were added to trap the dinosaurs.
We have been talking about pirates recently and the children decided they wanted to dress up and play pirate games. This gave us the idea of making next week a pirate themed week and we began to prepare for this. A few children drew round each other to make life size pirate models. On Friday we made pirate biscuits which will be used in a treasure hunt next week.
We had a lovely end to the week when Michelle’s mummy came in to help. She brought in her face paints and many of the children enjoyed being recreated as Spiderman, Hello kitty, Butterflies and Minnie Mouse. The children love it when a parent comes in to help and they gain so much from seeing new faces and showing them what we play with at Squirrels. Any parent or grandparent are always welcomed at Squirrels. Watch out for Grandparents week coming soon!
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Ideas to continue this week's fun at home:
Roll out a large sheet of paper and create a picture with your child. It doesn't have to be beautiful - it's all about having fun and chatting to your child. Children love to tell a story - a squiggle can become an animal and a long line become a road, a blob can be a monster. Just go with your childs imagination!