Because we were very focussed on roads this week, the children rolled out a large sheet of paper, put small cars in trays of paint and wheeled them along to create a road pattern. They then made some individual road signs which was a great opportunity to think about some of the signs we see every day. This is not only helpful for road safety but shows the children how the written word can be recognised and read. Most of the children will point out familiar signs such as Tescos and they are delighted when we tell them that they are reading.
We began to turn our thoughts to Christmas. Yes we know it eem like weeks away but in a busy pre-school we have lots to plan. We started to make a large paper mache snowman and the children enjoyed tearing paper into strips and gluing them around a balloon. Lots of white paint was used to cover this the following day (and a few of the children) and we look forward to seeing the finished effect in the next few weeks as part of our display. Also on display will be our large Christmas tree picture made from all of the childrens handprints.
On Thursday we put lots of uncooked rice into the tuff spot (a large plastic table top sized container) and then we used cups and pots to pour and measure. This activity gives a wonderful opportunity to compare quantities when using different sized containers, to try and balance the same amount on the scales and to create some lovely patterns.
This week Gill started her speech and language group. Each week she will be looking for fun activities for all the children to enjoy which will help to develop those important skills we all need to communicate. She started with a game of blow football. The children blew a small plastic ball along the pitch using a straw and tried to get a goal. This activity helps to form the mouth in a way that is vital when we speak and like all muscles it sometimes needs to be exercised in the right way to work properly.
We ended the week with some games in the garden. “Isn't it funny how a bear likes honey”, “The car song”, “Please Mr Crocodile” and “What's the time Mr Wolf”.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this week's fun at home:
Why not go for a “Road safety walk” and look out for signs to talk about.
Use a small amount of rice and a couple of yogurt containers to practise measuring.