Silly Soup has been a popular game this week. Many of our children will be starting reception in September where they will begin to formally learn phonics – so we have started to introduce phase 1 phonics, which helps children simply learn to listen to the beginning sounds in a word. We focused on ‘M’ and ‘D’ as sounds – children had to pick ingredients out of a bag for our silly soup and decide whether the item began with ‘M’ or ‘D’ or not. Items beginning with our focus sounds could be stirred into our silly soup as we sang our silly soup song! (“It’s time to make our silly soup, it’s time to make it silly, it’s time to put it in the fridge, and make it nice and chilly!”)
Mud has been popular this week. The sun had dried out the mud in the outside kitchen, so we added a large cauldron of water alongside a number of ladles and scoops – the children quickly began mixing the water and soil and returning it into thick, gloopy, sticky, icky, mucky mud (their words, not mine!). When asked at circle time what the children had most enjoyed playing; most of them answered the mud kitchen!
Also in the garden this week, we have had our climbing frame out. The children have enjoyed using this to climb, slide, balance and jump from. Many of the children have also used under the climbing frame as a small den; filling it with dolls, material, and all sorts!
Finally, we were excited to receive a delivery of caterpillars this week! The children will continue to observe these over the following month as they grow, change into chrysalises, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. To link in with this we have enjoyed revisiting one of our favourite stories; The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
The mud has been incredibly popular this week – do you have opportunities for messy play at home? Maybe you could make so-called ‘clean mud’ (a mix of wet toilet roll and grated soap!) or just use real mud! The freedom of being allowed messy play helps children explore sensory materials, create new textures, experiment with early science concepts, as well as help develop fine-motor skills… it’s a great example of learning through play!