This week we have also celebrated Earth Day - a focus on how we can protect our planet. Many of our tuff trays combined animals and their different habitats; grass, sand, water, and ice - with us discussing where the animals live. We extended this on Wednesday with a 'rubbish in the ocean' tuff tray - we set up our ocean animals alongside various plastics and gave the children fishing nets to help them fish out the rubbish. This led to some wonderful opportunities to observe the children's language as they talked about removing the rubbish and how rubbish could make the animals poorly.
We further extended this on Friday as we set up our first ever recycling center role play! Using our supply of junk modelling, we encouraged children to sort this 'rubbish' into card or plastics. This in itself is a great learning opportunity as it helps children to understand different materials and to sort items based on this. We also discussed the importance of recycling and shared a Peppa Pig recycling story to link in with this. We then learnt another way to reuse our 'rubbish' by using junk modelling to make musical instruments with on Friday.
With the warner weather this week, we have spent plenty of time in the garden and enjoyed lots of water play. With so many inevitable wet clothes, we decided to set up a clothes line and peg our wet clothes up. This gave children a great opportunity to develop their pincer grip as they used the clothes pegs. We've also used clothes pegs this week alongside large numerals - with children being asked to identify the numeral and then peg that number of clothes pegs to it - again, practicing our pincer grip, as well as developing our counting and numeral recognition skills.
Construction has continued to be a popular activity and, this week, we've got more competitive! Using our large Duplo blocks in the garden, the children have been building towers and comparing heights to see whose tower is tallest. We introduced a measuring stick to help us decide who the winners were! We saw some lovely team work with this activity, with children helping one another to build and balance.
Other popular activities have included playing musical instruments in the garden, balancing with our balance crates, singing songs from our song bag, and creating using our stickle bricks. We've also explored Ramadan and shared a story about how this is celebrated.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not continue our focus on recycling and ask your child to help you sort different rubbish ready for recycling. You could even visit a local recycling center (there is one at Tesco) and discuss the variety of items that can be recycled.