To link in with this, we set up a festive themed post office for children to 'write' their letters to Santa and post them to the North Pole. However, our children tend to explore their own ideas and the 'post office' was soon changed into a toy shop, a restaurant and even a science lab! It's by following the children's interests and ideas that we ensure they are engaged with their play and lead their own learning adventures!
We've enjoyed exploring technology toys this week. Our Beebot robot was popular on Wednesday. This is a small bee-shaped robot that children can program with instructions such as; to move forwards, backwards, and to turn around. This helps support directional language, as well as introducing children to the idea of programming. We also received a new child-friendly camera. The children have enjoyed learning to use this, and have been exploring Squirrels and giving us their child-eye view!
The garden continues to be popular, despite the wet weather! The mud kitchen is muddier than ever - with wonderful scope for creating mud pies, soups and pastries! Our tuff trays have included mud and sand, with vehicles added to help transport the mud and mess! Finally, with the sun shining on Friday, we even decided to have our snack in the garden, enjoying hot chocolate and toasted crumpets to keep us warm!
Ring games have been popular this week. On Monday, children asked to play the honey pot game - a great way for children to learn about following instructions and turn taking. We've also played 5 currant buns this week; using the numbers from our numbers board to incorporate number recognition into the game.
Finally, construction has been popular all week. Lego, Stickle Bricks and Marble Run have all been used this week to enable children to build and balance and create. The stickle bricks especially enabled children to build an array of cars, animals and buildings, encouraging imagination and building with a purpose.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
With our Nativity on the 11th December, keep practicing those songs at home! The words are available on our website via the parent pages.