Our tuff trays remain popular for exploring sensory play! This week's 'invitations to play' have included salt and flour 'snow' for creating animal tracks! Flowers frozen in ice. Frozen peas alongside tweezers and mashers to support fine and gross motor development. Water play with various scoops. And a dough making station. Sensory play offers children so many opportunities to explore, and develop a range of core skills, including physical development, mathematical development as they measure and mix, and scientific discovery as they explore cause and effect and how textures can change.
Our beach hut has remained a lovely focus for role play, and we extended this further by using travel magazines to cut out pictures of where we'd like to go on holiday. We closed our eyes and used visualisation to picture where we'd like to go, then shared this at carpet-time by talking about our ideal holidays. We even got in our car, used our paper plate steering wheels, and drove to the beach!
We were excited to be joined by Louise from Phonics with Robot Reg on Wednesday. Our children recapped the sounds they had previously learnt (S, A, I, P) and then learnt N and T. This class offers children a fantastic opportunity to be introduced to phonics through a variety of songs and games. Our children especially enjoyed the dough disco, getting those fingers ready to write when they start school.
Our final caterpillars have now turned into cocoons, so we're hopeful we might have butterflies at some point next week! Observing this transformation gives children an opportunity to witness how things can grow and change over time. We have now transferred the cocoons to their hatching habitat and will continue to observe them closely.
Other popular activities this week have included football games, tower building with our wooden bricks, builders role play, hairdressing, bikes and trikes, and digging in the garden!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
We had fun 'driving to the beach' on Friday - so, why not close your eyes and visualise somewhere you'd like to visit. Sit quietly and take a moment to think about somewhere you might want to go - the beach, the zoo, the play-park. Try and describe what you can see? What can you hear? Can you hear waves? Maybe you can hear the animal at the zoo? The lions roaring? This activity offers a great opportunity to promote mindfulness and to develop imaginative thinking and use of descriptive language.