Sensory play remains a popular activity both indoors and out. Our Monday set up followed on from a popular activity last week - we set up a metal tea set, water jugs, tea bags, and lemon wedges and enabled the children to explore. They loved the process of tipping and pouring the water, as well as squeezing the lemons and observing the colour change with the tea bags! As the day developed, the children asked for more ingredients to be added - so we added spices, flour, and salt to the mix to see what we could create!
Our Tuesday sensory play combined ice with a dinosaur swamp! There were baby dinosaurs encased in icy eggs that the children needed to free. We used hammers, warm water and salt to experiment with ways to release the babies! In the garden, we also enjoyed sensory play, with cauldrons of coloured and bubbly water in the mud kitchen! This followed on from an interest in the story, 'Room on the Broom' - with children wishing to explore the potions that the witch brewed to create her 'truly magnificent broom!'
On Wednesday, to celebrate St Patrick's Day, we had a themed tuff tray using rice. The children enjoyed spooning the rice into small pots. We also found that the playdough was transported to the tuff tray and combined with the rice to create an interesting texture! We also explored different types of pasta on Wednesday - using dyed pasta to create artwork.
On Thursday we returned to water play in the tuff tray, building on the children's interest by using different sized cylinders and pipettes to encouraging measuring, and encouraging comparisons such as 'more' and 'less'
Construction has been popular this week. A robot fact book inspired a number of children to create their own robotic inspired creations in Lego. The wooden blocks have also been popular, having been moved to a new location within the room to give more space.
Other poplar activities have included, exploring textures at the craft table, the balancing crates in the garden, cars and ramps.