Alongside sensory play, we've also started to focus on Christmas crafts - the children have been busy making lots of special festive items that they will bring home in the final week of term. Our Christmas stampers and stencils have proved very popular this week, which we then extended to see what shapes we could find to make our own stampers! We found circles of bubble wrap to make snowmen, and triangles to make Christmas trees. On Friday, our craft focused on using old Christmas cards as an invitation to play - this has inspired us to set up our Christmas post office ready for next week to enable children to further explore their interests!
Our old friend Sammy the snail returned to Squirrels this week! Sammy is a giant African land snail, and the children were very excited to meet him this week. We discussed his size compared to normal snails, what he feels like - with words such as smooth and soft used - and we discussed where he comes from using a large map of the World. This inspired lots of children to talk about places that they have either visited, or where family live - this then led us to learn how to say 'Hello' in different languages; French, Italian, Czech, Romanian and Irish! Following our discussion, we then read the story, 'The Snail and the Whale' about a snail who travels the World in search of adventures!
Despite the colder weather, the garden is always popular. The children have been especially interested in building - using our wooden blocks, waffle bricks, and our large Duplo blocks! Many of the children built towers, comparing sizes and discussing whose was tallest! Some of the children also decided to build a footpath to find Santa! The blocks were also used to build an assault course for the balance bikes! The children showed great problem solving skills as they worked out how best to navigate this course and were learning to assess risks and ride safely.
Other popular activities this week have included listening and dancing to Christmas music, learning some new Christmas songs, our home corner, the (very muddy) mud kitchen and our ever popular Jolly Jo sports session - a focused sport session using the large hall where children learn to move in a variety of ways and join in with lots of fun team games.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not find some festive music at home to dance to? Dancing is such a fun way to keep active - especially when it's colder outside!