A few children made themselves a den on Monday. They wanted to make it very cosy and dark so we experimented with a variety of materials and comfy cushions. We decided to make this area a permanent feature so that the children have a small quiet zone to play in. We discussed where they would like to have it and decided on the area between the role play kitchen and the dressing up.
On Tuesday we had began our weekly sessions with Leo from A Star sports. He has been coming to do sessions with the children for some time now and the children have a lovely time going into the big hall in groups to do some fun games and activities. This will happen regularly on a Tuesday and we hope to arrange a different day next term so that other children who do not attend on that day will benefit from these sessions.
The dolls house has been very popular this week, in particular with the boys. It is lovely to see them role play the different characters and to hear their conversations. Another popular game has been the Georello which is a fantastic toy for looking at shapes and colour and developing those important small motor skills. Playdough, ball skills, puzzles, threading and so many of the other games that children enjoy are wonderful ways to exercise the right muscles to ensure the children are able to hold a pencil correctly and learn to write when they go to school.
New songs this week have included “Alice the Camel” and the “Train song”.
On Thursday we had fun with magnets. The children were able to “drive” their cars along with the use of a magnet. We wondered if it was magic! We then went around the room with a magnet to see what else it would stick to.
At the end of the week we began to create a castle from cardboard. A group of children have been painting and sticking sparkly bits on the turrets and we hope to add to it next week.
Ideas for at home:
If you go for a walk with your child this week you may like to collect some things for our Autumn display. See if you can get them to notice the colours and changes in the environment. Conkers/acorns/leaves are all great to count and sort according to size/shape or style.
Have fun and we will see you next week