To support children's imaginative story telling, we've been mixing up our small world play all week; the dinosaurs invaded the castle, the fairies were found in the garage and animals moved into the dolls house! It doesn't need to make sense to make a fabulous story!
Helicopter stories weren't the only new thing we introduced - Jolly Jo this week introduced a series of new games too! A favourite was the new numbers game - one child is chosen to sit with their eyes shut, whilst their friends choose which numbered corner to 'sneak' to. The child with their eyes shut then chooses which numbered corner is out! Were the children quiet enough so no one knew which corner they'd gone too?
Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, so we enjoyed all things pancake! At the craft table we had-a-go at creating our own pancakes using paint, glue and craft items! In our sensory tray we explored pancake ingredients during messy play! Children developed motor skills as they squeezed the citrus fruit, explored the textures as the fruit juices mixed with the flour, added cars and explored mark making opportunities and used spoons to practice scooping the flour into the egg boxes and fruit skins. Finally, we shared pancakes for snack - each having a go at flipping our own pancake!
The snow caused excitement on Thursday! Many children claimed they'd never seen 'real' snow - so we donned our wellies and coats and embraced the cold! The children had great fun trying to catch the snow and simply enjoying the experience. Unfortunately it soon turned to heavy rain - so we were forced back indoors! With lots of energy to expel, we decided to set up an indoor assault course, Children had to scramble underneath a table, through a tunnel, weave in and out of cones, jump across a series of mats, balance over a raised plank, then hop like a frog across the lily pads and back to the beginning!
Other popular activities this week have included colour mixing, both at the craft table and in the tuff tray. Large scale drawing using rolls of paper on the floor. Making playdough and then using this in the kitchen and a very muddy mud kitchen in the garden!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not explore story-telling at home? Encourage your child to come up with their own characters and events as they retell their tale. To simplify this process you can start the story and offer your child options, e.g. Once upon a time a... superhero or princess, which should we choose? We'd love to hear your stories...