Bugs were popular all week, with many children choosing to join in with bug hunts in the garden. This led to us discussing where different bugs like to live - which led to a discussion about where other animals live. On Friday, we used building blocks to try and create our own animal homes - with the children deciding that the tigers needed to live up high so they could see all the other animals! Building remains a strong child-led activity at Squirrels, with many children joining in with construction activities and building with a purpose in mind.
Messy play is always popular and we often set up our tuff trays as an 'invitation to play' - creating a beautiful looking tuff tray using various messy materials that encourage the children to scoop, tip, pour, mix, explore, investigate and learn through play! One of our trays this week included rice crispies and shaving gel made to look like an ice cream cone. By the end of the day, the children had thoroughly enjoyed mixing and adding more ingredients to the tray - including flour, vinegar, baking powder, water and even lemon balm!! They declared they were making various potions, dinner, or soup! As messy as this is, it offers opportunities to develop physical skills as children pour and mix the ingredients, mathematical skills as they fill and empty jugs and consider concepts such as more and less, as well as opportunities to explore texture, colour and smell!
Following on from last week's local elections, we had our own vote this week! Children had to choose their favourite fruit for snack and put their choice into the ballot box. At carpet-time we were then able to count the votes and work out which fruit had the most votes and which the least!
Finally, some of our families celebrated the end of Ramadan with the festival of Eid this week. With one of our families kindly bringing in cakes, we were able to have our own Eid celebrations. We talked about how different families may celebrate different festivals, and shared a story about Ramadan and Eid. Many children were then able to talk about things that they celebrate with their families.
Other popular activities this week have included the hairdresser role play, our Jolly Jo sport session, water play in the garden, learning games on our laptop, and dinosaurs.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Talk to your child about events or occasions that your family celebrates - whether that's Eid, Birthdays, Christmas, Diwali or something else. You could look at photos, or special clothes or items that are used. Talk about why these are special and how your family celebrates.