In the garden the children asked for some sand to be put into our plastic “tough spot”. This then became a construction site with diggers and tractors and pieces of stone.
On Tuesday we had the rechargeable torches out and the children had a lovely time playing with them in a den they made under a table. This developed into a very cosy little house as the week went on and we listened to some lovely conversations as the children created their new home.
On Wednesday there was great excitement when the children came running in to tell those left indoors that we had helicopters landing in the garden! These proved to be sycamore seeds which spin around like helicopters and we then had great fun throwing them up into the air and watching them fall.
This week we joined in celebrations for Diwali, the festival of light, that is celebrated by some of our families. It was lovely to join in with the celebrations and to share in some small way a different culture. We made clay lights and drew around the children’s hands and decorated them. Come and see the lovely display after half term.
On Thursday we had some Autumn scented playdough which smelt spicy and of Christmas by being mixed with spice. The children pressed fir cones and leaves into it to get a real feel of Autumn.
We began to make our new Language Tree this week. It is a large tree painted onto the wall and each week we will add our words of the week to the leaves so that we can remember them and build up a whole tree of rich language. We will add words from all the languages represented in our group and be able to enjoy learning new sounds and meanings each week. This week we have focussed on the word “enormous” because our book of the week has been – “The Enormous Turnip”. The children have enjoyed acting the story out each day and taking it in turns to try to pull the turnip out of the ground.
The week ended with a birthday party as one of our children celebrated his birthday. We had a lovely chocolate cake and played some games and danced. What a lovely way to end the week and begin our half term holiday.
New words we have learned this week
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home
Why not look for a real turnip when you shop this week? See if the children can identify it from the story.
Make your own playdough, (recipe on our website) and add some cinnamon or other spices. Get creative.