We have been continuing our theme of Chinese New Year and talking about family celebrations. Children have made more hats, lanterns and red lucky bags. Some have made money trees using their handprints and coin rubbings. Others have helped to make a giant dragon picture using paints, tissue paper and ribbons. On Tuesday Joline’s mummy came to Squirrels and made us some lovely Chinese dumplings for us all to share. She also brought in some beautiful red and gold decorations which Joline’s family use to decorate their house during Chinese New Year. We made a Chinese celebration cake and ate some at snack time. We have been reading the story of The 3 little Pigs each day this week. We have looked at the different materials the pigs used to build their houses, straw, sticks and bricks and the children have helped to tell the story and act it out. We have talked about how strong the bricks were and how they would have been stuck together using cement to make the house nice and safe. Leo continues his sports on Monday afternoons; the children very much look forward to him coming. We have also tried some sports games in Squirrels room where the children divide into small groups and compete against each other. They have been practising naming and matching colours and throwing and catching a ball. It has also been good for them to practise joining the back of the line rather than pushing in. ‘What’s in the box’ is always very popular with small groups of children and is something you may like to try at home. All you need is a box with a lid and some small toys or objects to place inside. You can make it as easy or difficult as you like, giving them clues for the object/toy chosen. When they guess the object/toy you can spend some time talking about it. The children can then take a turn at hiding their own choice of toy/object in the box and asking you to guess it. Have fun!
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