To add to the Christmas excitement this week, the children were excited to have a visit from Father Christmas on Thursday! We heard a faint jingling bell in the distance, and the thud of reindeer hooves from above, before Father Christmas appeared outside of the window! From a socially safe distance in the garden, we shared some festive songs, with children assuring him they were on the 'good list!'. The children were overjoyed when he left a sack of gifts for them all!
As well as all of our festive fun, we have continued to engage with the children's interests which, this week, have included opportunities to dress up! With a collection of 'clippy cloppy' shoes, and Disney princess dresses - many of our children have enjoyed role-play opportunities. We extended this by enjoying music and movement to Disney music - showing off our best dance moves!
The children's interest in puppets was extended this week, as we repurposed our shop into a puppet theatre! We created a range of superhero puppets to engage those who have been inspired by superhero play, as well as story characters to play with. Many of the children took turns to put on a show as they built up their role-play ideas. The children's interest in Superheroes also enabled us to explore some outdoor mark making opportunities. Using chunky chalks, we started to draw on the summer house wall our favourite characters, with some children even attempted letters from their names!
Letter recognition is an emerging skill for some of our children, with many being able to recognise letters from their name. We used this as a basis for an activity this week using labeled bottle tops 'baubles' and a Christmas tree cut out where children could match the letters on the bottle tops to the corresponding letters on the tree.
Other popular activities this week have included, sharing fact books, including an atlas, our laptop games, and balancing activities in the garden. We also enjoyed our Jolly Jo session where we had to help Father Christmas match coloured toys to the right coloured chimney, played a shark and fishes game, and moved like animals, vehicles, and superheroes!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Mark making is often a concern to parents who worry their child won't pick up a pencil and write. It's important to keep mark making fun and to give children a reason to write! Many won't simply write if given a pencil and paper, but they might if they're writing a shopping list whilst playing shops, or drawing a road on the floor with chalks for their cars, or making a treasure map ready to look for pirate treasure! If you use your child's interests as a starting point and give them a reason to write, they will be much more inclined to have a go!