The butterflies inspired lots of butterfly craft this week, with a group of children deciding to make butterfly kites. This links in with the recent interest in kites too – with children now able to say the supplies they need in order to complete their masterpieces (card, string, hole-punch!) It’s lovely to see so many of our children able to craft with a purpose in mind, and to independently access the resources they need.
We’ve also been enjoying fruit printing this week. Following on from the introduction of our focus story, ‘Handa’s Surprise’ – we decided to explore some of the fruit in this story and see what patterns our fruit made. We extended this further in the week by adding in a collection of vegetables too! This led to interesting discussions about what food is good for us; introducing the idea of ‘healthy eating’
The mud kitchen has been popular as we’ve enjoyed being outside in the sunshine. We added a canopy to help shield us from the sun, with this inspiring the idea that it was a ‘camping kitchen’. Also, thanks to the warmer weather, water play has been popular. We’ve explored this using our water slopes, water wall, and trays filled with different coloured water, along with a collection of sea animals. The children have enjoyed scooping, splashing, squirting and pouring the water.
As we near the end of term, many of our children are preparing to go to ‘big’ school and have been enjoying school visits. This led to us having a craft session with children drawing pictures of their new school, new uniforms, and new teachers. As children drew their pictures, we were able to have a relaxed talk about big school and answer any questions they had.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: The butterflies have been so popular this term, so why not see if you can find any butterflies on a local walk? What colours are they? How many can you find? What were they doing (fluttering? Sitting on a flower?) Let us know if you find any!