We decided to enhance our water play this week; we added cauldrons full of bubbly water alongside ladles, spoons and sieves to observe what the children would do! The children decided to add mud from the mud kitchen and various leaves and sticks to make “hot chocolate”. The sticks and leaves then became the marshmallows! Children were working together as they mixed and stirred their cauldrons and then ladled them into cups – very messy, but very fun and a great opportunity for child-led learning.
Puzzles have been particularly popular this week. Previously we had focused on 4-12 piece puzzles, but the children asked for ‘harder puzzles’ so we offered a 24 and 48 piece floor puzzle. Working in small groups with adult-help if needed, children were challenged to complete these – it took a little longer, but the challenge was completed and children were very proud of their efforts.
The staff and children all worked hard on Wednesday to transform our summer house from a storage area into a fabulous outdoor classroom where we can focus on quiet play, reading and writing. The children were eager to help as we swept the floor, washed the windows, and de-cluttered the space. Once complete, children were eager to make use of the space and enjoyed using the outdoor bean bags and cosy carpet to snuggle up and share books.
Finally, clay has been a popular resource – we added dried pasta shapes and made a collection of butterflies, and unicorns! Children loved the fact that their models would dry and they would have something to take home.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Could you create a quiet reading zone at home? Maybe you could use a sheet over a table with some cushions inside? Sharing books and nurturing a love of stories is so important – and creating a defined space can help children focus on this.