As well as Pudsey, we’ve also explored plenty of other ideas this week – some of which were inspired by our favourite stories! On Monday we shared the story, ‘Stick Man’, this inspired the children to find sticks and make their own stick men using pipe-cleaners and googly eyes! We re-visited this activity on Wednesday using one of our tuff trays with sticks, pipe-cleaners and eyes, as well as chalk images of Stickman and his family tree! The children were most inspired by the chalks and set to work creating their own chalk images – we then added in our small chalk boards and took them outside to continue our creative fun! Other popular books this week have included; ‘Chapatti Moon’, ‘Bear under the Stair’, ‘Shark in the Park’, ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ and ‘Three Little Pigs’.
Animals have been particularly popular this week. Many of the children asked for animals and we had an array of lions, tigers, elephants and crocodiles across the setting. This seemed like a good opportunity to introduce our new focus story ‘Dear Zoo’ – exploring all of the animals the zoo sent and why they were unsuitable as a present (too big, too tall, too scary!). We will re-read this focus book lots over the next few weeks - by revisiting a story, the children become familiar with it and can start to join in with it and even come up with their own ideas of how to change the story and make it their own.
The craft table remains popular. We tried some new techniques this week; we dipped string into paint and then folded our paper before pulling the string out – this led to some interesting shapes! We then re-visited a favourite activity of bubble painting; the children blew through straws into a watery paint solution with a little washing up liquid, they then took prints from their bubbly stew! We’ve also explored colour mixing – adding powder paint to water and seeing what colours result. We added tea spoons to help fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination too.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Where a book is popular, we often try and extend this by setting up story props, acting out stories, or baking foods that link with a story. What is your child’s favourite story? Could you find story props at home and make story telling more hands-on? Maybe bake Chapattis like the one in Chapatti Moon, or make toilet roll pigs and a wolf to act out 3 Little Pigs?