Some of our most popular activities this week have included our ramps. The children began by simply rolling acorns or balls along these but, as the week has progressed, the children's ideas have developed and, by Thursday, children were creating their own super length tracks and experimenting with which cars would roll furthest and fastest! Great critical thinking and enquiring minds!
Building blocks have been popular this week. We have had lots of building of bridges and towers, with children working together to build their structures. In the garden, the children created their own 'obstacle course' using our large wooden bricks - being careful to connect this to the step of the summer house for fear of the crocodiles eating us! Indoors, we were inspired to create vertical structures and see whose were tallest!
Staying with a building theme, the marble run was asked for this week - we observed lovely turn taking and team work as we built a run ready for our marbles to roll down.
Last week, the children were interested in bug hunting - so we have extended this and invited children to create their own bugs in dough! With sticks, acorns and googly eyes, we created lots of amazing bugs that we could tick off on our bug hunting chart.
The craft table has been busy again with a definite autumnal feel. We have made autumn wreaths, used leaves and seasonal veg for printing, and mixed together different autumnal colours to explore how colours can change.
Dolls continue to be popular so, on Monday, we created our own baby bathing station! We added water and soap to our tuff tray and made sure our babies were all super clean! Our tuff tray has also been used for dinosaurs, ice cream making, messy science and gloop this week - lots of different sensory and small world items that have offered children a range of different learning opportunities to explore.
Finally, as the children become more settled, we have started to add some additional adult-led games into our routine. We have played 5 currant buns - taking it in turns to pay the shop keeper our penny and buy a bun from the bakery, as well as turn taking games in the garden, such as sack racing.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Creating experiments is such a good way to encourage children to question the world around them. We experimented with cars and ramps, testing which cars went furthest and fastest - maybe you could explore similar ideas at home? At bath time, you could explore which items sink or float. Or maybe consider if different items bounce and, if so, which goes highest?