On Monday, having introduced our focus story of ’Owl Babies’ last week – we had a go at making our own owls at the craft table. Using paint, glue and paper plates – we tried to recreate Sarah and Percy and Bill! This offered a lovely opportunity to listen to the children discuss the story – with many now starting to join in when we read this book together.
On Tuesday we enjoyed re-introducing our Jolly Jo sports session. This is an opportunity for us to use the larger hall and to focus on both physical-development and communication and language skills. It is also an opportunity to introduce concepts such as shape, number and colour. This week we explored various ways of moving across the hall - running, tip-toeing and walking backwards, we then played a game matching coloured beanbags to shaped mats.
On Wednesday we had fun with junk modelling! The children had a collection of food cartons, yoghurt pots, toilet roll tubes and other ‘supplies’. Adults were on hand to help – but children were encouraged to make their own creations – we saw dinosaurs, towers and all sorts!
On Friday we were able to welcome the fire services into Squirrels. We were shown all of their lifesaving equipment, such as their uniform, oxygen tank and thermal-imaging camera, and were then able to explore their fire engine – sitting inside of the engine and having a go at spraying the hose. The children seemed very excited by this visit – so we will explore this in more depth next week!
In addition to this, we have enjoyed plenty of other play; dinosaurs and construction vehicles remain popular. The mud kitchen has been particularly muddy with some wetter weather recently – many mud and acorn cakes have been stirred, squished and served in the garden!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Our children loved meeting the firemen and learning about what they do. What do you do? You could talk to your child about your own job, show them what equipment you use and see what they think you do at work! It’s a great way to encourage communication. Feel free to share with us at Squirrels too!