There has been a lot of messy play this week, with both water and sand brought indoors for a change! We started the week with simple sand toys in a sand tray, which proved popular, but with only a small sand-tray and lots of children, we needed a rethink! So we moved the sand into a larger tuff tray instead – this seemed to inspire children to add construction vehicles, which made interesting tyre tracks and led to lots of mark-making opportunities. On Wednesday we moved the sand into our larger water tray where we also added our ‘icy’ dinosaur eggs. The children used hammers and dinosaur bones to ‘smash’ and ‘crash’ the baby dinosaurs free! This led onto opportunities to explore language and concepts such as ‘melting’ and ‘freezing’.’ On Thursday we combined sand and water again, but this time set up a ‘beach scene’ complete with shells and starfish to explore. Friday, with our eggs refrozen, we returned to our sandy nest with frozen eggs. No hammers this time though… we had to think of alternative ways to free them! The children suggested saws and swords, before we then opted for adding hot water instead!
With the colder weather finally starting this winter, we’ve had to find ways to keep warm in the garden, so we’ve been playing simple games such as ‘tag’, ‘please Mr Crocodile’ and ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf?’ These games offer children an opportunity to run off some energy, whilst also learning to listen to simple instructions and take turns during play. Keeping with a sporting theme, Jolly Jo this week included wheelbarrow races, and chasing balls down guttering. The guttering proved so popular we brought this into the room as well and added cars to the ramps.
Construction has also been popular all week, with Mobilo especially capturing imaginations; with vehicles being built and then used in play.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Why not have a go at making soda bread at
home? See our simple recipe below…
Soda Bread Recipe:
Makes: 1 soda bread
- 500 grams plain flour (not strong bread making flour) plus extra for dusting.
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.
- 375 ml buttermilk.
Prep:20min › Cook:30min › Ready in:50min
1. Preheat oven to 200 deg. C
2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment
3. Sift flour into a large bowl and sprinkle on salt and bicarb.
4. Mix these ingredients thoroughly but gently by hand.
5. Pour in buttermilk and mix well by hand. Do not work the dough too much, this is not a conventional bread that is kneaded.
6. Turn out onto a floured surface and form into a ball, tucking the edges under as you go.
7. Place on tray and dust with more flour.
8. Cut a deep cross into the ball.
9. Place in oven for 30 mins and when done the loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the base.
You can add extra flavours such as grated cheese if you wish.