Our caterpillars have continued to grow, with the children observing these daily. To help us understand the lifecycle of caterpillars we have shared the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘10 Wriggly Wriggly Caterpillars’. Children are now showing a good understanding that our caterpillars will grow and transform into butterflies.
Water play has remained popular. Our tuff tray was set up with water, potion bottles and pipettes, with children making perfume, potions, and ‘leaf soup’. We added a collection of herbs for children to cut up and add to their potions, which led to us exploring our own herb garden. The Lemon Balm has taken over a little, but this gives a wonderful scent when rubbed; many of our children explored this on Thursday and tried describing the smell – “Like sweeties”
At carpet-time we often share stories and songs. However, this week we have been experimenting with some different ideas too. On Thursday we split the group into two smaller groups, and used question cards to encourage children to talk about a range of topics; home-life, favourites and school. This worked really well, with children listening to one another and having the confidence to talk within a small group.
On Friday, the children were fascinated when we made giant bubbles! They were amazed at the size, and enjoyed chasing and popping these! We also used our bubble machine to create an endless stream of small bubbles.
Other popular activities this week have included the marble run, the wooden blocks, the vets roll play, den building in the garden, and the laptop.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Why not try and have your own question and answer session at home? Sit together as a family and ask about favourite stories, games and activities, for example. Encourage children to extend sentences and use ‘and’ and ‘because’ in their answers.