The mud kitchen has been a very busy area this week, making pizzas, pastries and serving worm ice creams, yum yum! Now that the summer appears to have finally arrived we will be making much more use of our outside area by adding things to the mud kitchen and water wall. The summer house may be turned into a beach hut or a flower shop or even an ice cream kiosk. Let’s hope the sun comes out and stays out, for what is, for some of the children, their final half term with us.
Many of the children have been practising their physical techniques using hula hoops and stilts this week. It is interesting to watch the different techniques that they use to try and balance on small stilts or balancing beams and to keep the hula hoop in the air for more than a couple of seconds.
We seem to have a few budding hairdressers at Squirrels with the hairdressing set being requested on a daily basis. Playing hairdressers, shops, garages and many other games gives a variety of opportunities for the children to develop other skills. Appointments have to be made and written down, numbers are usually given for a place in the queue, money is taken and change given, we have to take turns, the waiting area has to be decorated and we often need to count out chairs for the visiting clients.
We have been looking at new words this week which is something we try to do each week. A child asked if we could sing a particular song. We talked about it being a “request” and discussed what that meant. Interestingly another child misheard and thought we had asked for the meaning of the word “quest”. She then accurately described this as going on an adventure to find something. What followed was a lively discussion on where we would like to go on an adventure and what we might be looking for.
Have a happy half term!
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Take part in our matchbox challenge – how many small items can you fit into a matchbox. Bring them in and we will be giving a prize for the most collected