The children have also been showing an interest in making kites at the craft table; cutting out shaped paper and then using a hole-punch to make a hole for the string. The hole-puncher proved so fascinating that we set up a table of different paper types and hole-punchers for the children to experiment with! The kites also inspired us to try making windmills as well, which enabled lots of cutting practice.
Our focus story this half term has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – we have read this as we’ve observed our own caterpillars turn from tiny caterpillars, into big fat caterpillars, and now into cocoons! To explore the fruit that the caterpillar ate, we made our very own Hungry Caterpillar fruit salad on Thursday – using apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges. The children cut the fruit and mixed it up ready for serving. This enabled our children going to school to practice some vital cutting skills, and also helped us retell the story in a visual and hands-on way.
We also introduced our new focus story, ‘Handa’s surprise’ this week. This story was told using story props to help children act out the different animals and the fruit they ate. The fruit in both these stories has really inspired an interest in fruit and healthy eating which we will continue to explore next week.
With the warm weather this week, water play has been popular. The water table outside has been busy, as has bathing the babies in the tuff tray!
Dinosaur play has also been popular, with children both role playing as dinosaurs and playing with our small world dinosaur figures – we will have to see what dinosaur activities we discover next week!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
The children have enjoyed our fruit-filled focus stories this half term – why not explore what fruit you can find at your local supermarket? Look at sizes, shapes, colours and smell!