On Monday, our role play area was transformed into a dining room fit for a tiger coming for tea! We added a variety of real foods, such as rice and pasta, for children (or tigers!) to explore. Elsewhere, we had story props and porridge oats to support the story-telling of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, and 'design your own pants' at the craft table to link in with the story, 'Aliens love Underpants!' Alongside our construction area, we added various prompt cards for children, encouraging them to build with a purpose and recreate items such as; a cottage for Little Red Riding Hood, a tower for Rupunzel, or a bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff!
On Tuesday, our tuff tray was themed to the story ,'Bee Makes Tea' - complete with tea set and tea bags to enable us to set up our own tea party! We included sand in this tuff tray, which the children enjoyed scooping using the spoons and teacups. We made book marks at the craft table, and used tracing paper to copy some of our favourite book covers. We also reintroduced our dressing up trolley, complete with a variety of shoes, clothes and accessories, to encourage children to further develop their role play ideas and to gain independence in dressing and undressing.
On Wednesday, we revisited the tiger who came for tea, recreating the tiger using rainbow rice and adding in various scoops and cups to support children's interest in this. We were also inspired by the signs of spring in the air! We had a vase of Daffodils at the art table which helped inspire some amazing flower paintings. To extend this further, we shared a fact book that considers how plants grow.
On Thursday, we continued with our spring theme, and used stencils to paint mini-beasts at the craft table. We also enjoyed sharing a number of books brought in from home.
On Friday, we used ginger scented playdough, alongside story props from the traditional tale of the Gingerbread Man, to encourage children to retell parts of the story. We also explored a Gruffalo themed tuff tray, using flour and encouraging mark making as we tried to recreate the tracks in the snow that the Gruffalo's child found on her adventure into the woods!
As well as enjoying story related play, our children also showed an interest in threading this week. We initially set up our Superhero threading cards, but a group of children soon extended this and used the pegs in the cloakroom for threading! We then offered children our weaving boards to give further opportunities to thread and weave! The children developed this into a role play idea - suggesting the thread was Spiderman's web, and they were using it to catch 'baddies!'
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not share a favourite story at home and talk about the characters from the book? We enjoyed discussing where each of the characters from the Gruffalo's child lived, and trying to match them to their homes using the story props!