With the excitement of Kimmy’s zoo, many of our activities this week have had a distinctive animal theme to them! The vet has proved a busy and popular role play area – children have developed their role play over the course of the week, with children ‘signing’ their animals in, and suggesting ailments and cures! It’s important for the children to sometimes repeat activities over a whole week as this offers them opportunities to re-visit and develop their ideas further, adding new elements to their play and expanding their thinking.
Another source of excitement this week has been the workmen starting work on our new extension. The noise had many wondering what was going on – so we donned our high-vis jackets and took a trip into the car park to watch the workmen as they drilled and hammered! This seems to have inspired an interest in construction play which we will develop further next week.
Our final exciting event for this week was the hatching of our butterflies! On Wednesday we noticed the first had hatched, we then watched as the rest continued to do so over the next few days. The children have eagerly observed the change from caterpillar, to cocoon, to butterfly – and they now frequently join in as we read the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, using the story props to re-tell the story in their own words.
New words we have learned this week:
Cement mixer and tipper truck (from the construction work going on!)
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
The children loved learning about the animals from Kimmy’s zoo – if you or a friend or family member has a pet, why not talk about how to care for them and what they eat?