On Monday morning the children made bread which they moulded into the first letter of their name. They are getting good at remembering the ingredients required to make bread, cakes or biscuits and will often ask if we have enough flour or yeast or sugar to do cooking. They enjoyed identifying the first letter of their names and having a go at re-creating the shape. Letter recognition was continued in the sand as the children tried to draw the shapes with their fingers.
In the afternoon we played a variety of games in the garden including the “Honey pot game”, “What's the time Mr Wolf and “Please Mr Crocodile”. These games encourage turn taking, colour and number identification and listening skills whilst having fun.
The remote control cars have been popular this week. The children have taken it in turns to play with them by the use of our giant egg timer which gives them five minutes to play before handing it over to the next person.
One of the children had the idea of making backpacks which is something we aim to continue next week.
The book of the week was “Three little pigs” which the children acted out. We made three cardboard houses and used the pigs and wolf from our animal box. By the end of the week the children were able to retell the story without any adult help (particularly making the loud huffing and puffing noises!)
Anyone walking past the Squirrels garden this week will probably have heard the musical instruments being played. This was very popular and most of the children had a go at creating music at some point during the week.
The weather bottles that were made last term were taken into the garden and we had many lively conversations about the weather and the earth. This led to a discussion about volcanoes and we plan to play our favourite game of creating our own volcano next week.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this week's fun at home:
Play outdoor games using numbers or letters eg Throw a ball and say a number. Write letters or numbers on pieces of paper and ask the child to place or throw a ball onto the a or b or numbered paper. See who can reach the letter first.