We've taken many activities outside with the warmer weather - one of which was our malleable play. We enjoyed using clay to make nature inspired 3d sculptures - using a tree trunk as our base, and adding sticks, leaves, and grass to create our art masterpieces. Not only does this inspire creativity and encourage children to use natural resources, it offered a good opportunity to develop motor skills as we pushed the clay onto the trunk and shaped it.
We have enjoyed a range of craft opportunities this week, learning various techniques and experimenting with new ideas. On Monday, we used marbles to create art - covering the marbles in paint, and then rolling these across paper to create an interesting pattern. The physical element of shaking the tray to roll the marbles encouraged many children who don't always join us at the craft table - so this was fantastic to see! On Tuesday, we were inspired by the weather, and created adult-led rain clouds. On Wednesday, we simply provided a rainbow pallet of paints and encouraged children to explore and mix the paints. On Thursday, we explored a range of stampers and sponges alongside paint. Finally, Friday, it was all about the process - we provided a tuff tray of paints and let the children simply experiment however they wished. There's no pressure to 'produce' a picture - it's simply about the joy of exploring the paint, whether that's with a brush, sponge, or even hands!
We have explored various mark making opportunities, extending this for some of those going to school by adding letter prompts to copy. We've explored mark making using a salt tray with sticks, using water and paint brushes in the garden, on a giant paper roll, and using chalks on the wall! We have revisited the sounds we learnt during our 'Phonics with Robot Reg' session - 'A' and 'S', as well as targeting key children with the beginning sounds from their names.
Finally, on Friday, some of the children had asked to cook - so we made our own pitta bread pizzas for snack! The children were encouraged to spread the tomato puree, and then choose their own toppings from a choice of cheese, ham, sweetcorn and pineapple. These were then cooked, and enjoyed for snack. Involving children in creating food is a great way to encourage them to try new tastes, and also helps develop motor skills.
Other popular activities have included, making tents and dens both indoors and out, the vets role play, water play in the garden, including potion making, and our weekly Jolly Jo sports session where we played Duck Duck Goose, running races where you had to run and put on a builder hat and vest, and sticky toffee.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Don't forget to join in with our half term challenge to get WILD! Can you do something wild everyday this half term? Whether it's hunting for bugs, having a picnic outside, enjoying a listening walk, bird watching, or a wild walk through the woods - we would like all of our children to do something wild that helps them to engage with nature this holiday.