The past week has been particularly special because we invited dads and grandads into the session to join in with the fun. We were delighted to welcome the brave dads who came in to help and hope that they enjoyed their time with us. The children love to show their family members what they do at Squirrels, and parents/grandparents are always welcome to add their names to the parent help rota.
We are managing to spend most of our time in the garden now that the weather has finally remembered that it is summer! On Monday the children decided to build a large ship in the garden from the small fencing and a variety of props. They put on lifejackets (high visibility builders jackets) and walked the plank before swimming back to the boat. We had snack on deck, and then the “bad pirates” arrived. Canon balls were launched (throwing balls into a hoop).
On Tuesday Jolly Jo had the children rushing around playing all kinds of games. Throwing and chasing a rugby ball is interesting because you never know which way it is going to jump, and the children have to try and predict this. Many of these games are repeated through the week in the garden so all of the children have the opportunity to benefit from the fun.
Making paper planes has been popular this week (thank you Avas mum!). Flying competitions have been taking place most days to see who can fly their planes the furthest.
On Wednesday the children decided to put on a show. Tickets were made and sold for handmade money. Signs were put up saying “No bugs”, after all, who wants to meet a bug when they are at the theatre. The shows included singing, dancing and telling jokes. Ice creams were made from cones of card and tissue paper and an ice cream stall was created to sell them.
Other activities this week have included, hairdressing salon, doctors surgery, threading, lots of fun in the mud kitchen, footprints and acting out the story of Goldilocks.
Words we have learned this week:
Stall (for ice creams)
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Encourage your child to put on a show, it is great fun to watch their ideas form.