Our Jolly Jo sports session was focused on group games, all chosen by the children. We played the shark game, duck duck goose, sticky toffee and the car game! The car game then developed into a (virtual) trip to Tesco where children drove their cars to buy cheese, sweets and ham!!
We shared the story, 'Rosie's Walk' to focus on positional language (such as under, over, behind, in front etc.). On Friday, we extended this further with staff acting out a story about Little Bear having lost his car! Where could it be? The children had to come up with their own positional language to help Little Bear find his car, since Mummy and Daddy Bear were far too busy, and Big Brother Bear was being very mean and not helping! This offered a great opportunity to hear a story without using a book, and to practice positional language using real life props. (Baby Bear finally found his car hiding inside the washing machine!)
Mini-beasts have continued to be popular, with children exploring the garden daily to find various bugs! On Tuesday, our tuff tray was themed with dyed spaghetti hiding various insects which the children had to search through to find! On Wednesday, we decided to extend this further at the craft table and paint our own paper-plate mini-beasts!
Other popular activities this week have included; making tents and dens with fabric, using the wooden blocks as balance beams in a child-initiated activity, water play using various scoops and jugs for tipping and pouring, exploring paint with stampers, vehicles, and animals, and making and flying kites in the garden.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
We had great fun making up our own story of Little Bear and his lost car - why not make up your own bed-time stories at home and let your child help decide what happens in the story? Story-telling is a great way to encourage imaginative thinking.