Children have also continued to plant their own seeds this week and, hopefully, all children will have the chance to bring home a sunflower seed to grow on at home. As we've planted our seeds, we've discussed what might happen to our seeds, and how to look after them. We've also been planting seeds in our Squirrels' garden - planting a butterfly mix for when our caterpillars arrive after the half term. In readiness for our caterpillars, our children helped to clear out the bug corner of the garden - using brooms to sweep up leaves, and collecting them in their wheel barrows. Whilst we tidied up - we found some bean stalks growing in the garden - presumably from beans dropped last year! This led to children asking for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Unfortunately, our copy of this book was nowhere to be found - so, being early years professionals, the staff put on their own rapidly improvised play of Jack and the Beanstalk! A great opportunity for the children to follow a story without using a book!
Minibeasts have been popular this week. The simple discovery of a spider led to many of the children taking an interest, collecting magnifying glasses to observe the spider in detail, and even having a go at drawing what they'd found. We extended this further with a minibeast themed tuff tray.
As we focus on school readiness, circle-time is an important part of our daily routine where children can develop their listening and attention skills. We've enjoyed various circle-time activities this week, including; stories, songs, dancing, yoga, and a 'what's in the box?' game. This game encouraged children to ask questions to help them guess what animals were in the box - asking questions such as, 'Is it big?' 'Does it have legs?'
Other popular activities this week have included; builders role play in the garden alongside traffic signs, construction with wooden blocks and Lego, the dolls house, hairdresser role play, and exploring healthy eating!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Why not encourage children to ask questions at home? You could have your own version of our, 'What's in the Box' game, and hide various toys in a box or under a sheet - then encourage your child to ask questions to discover what item it is.