Also this week, the children decided to set up a talent contest! A few children enjoyed using our microphones to showcase their singing talents; this inspired others to pull up a chair and watch! By the end, most children were involved – taking turns to sing their song, and then watching patiently as their friends took a turn.
We also enjoyed a new phonics game this week; children hunted beneath leaves to find a specific letter sound; they then had to find a picture that started with that same sound (such as A and Apple) – this was done in small groups and proved very successful, definitely a game to play again!
With the weather turning colder this week, we’ve tried to keep the children moving in the garden to keep warm! We set up an assault course where children had to balance over tyres, walk over our zigzag path, limbo under the bar, jump through hoops with a 1-2-3, then climb the steps of the slide and slide down! Our large Duplo blocks have also been popular, with children working together to build some lovely towers!
Finally, on Friday, with dinosaurs having been popular all week, we set up our own science experiment! With baby dinosaurs frozen into icy eggs, we investigated how we could help them hatch! We watched as the ice began to melt and wondered if we could speed this up; first we sprinkled them with salt, next we had a go at chipping away the ice, then we plunged our icy eggs into warm water. This offered the opportunity to talk about ‘melting’ as we watched a solid turn into a liquid, talk about temperatures, and start to investigate problem solving, as well as link in with the children’s interest in dinosaurs this week!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Could you showcase your talents at home – maybe family members could all take a turn? Set up a stage (a cardboard box opened out would do!), grab a mic. (maybe a toilet roll?) and take turns to sing, tell a joke or do a dance… we’d love to hear about it.