At the craft table we made our own Chinese inspired lanterns, practicing our scissor skills to make cuts into card. We also made a large dragon's head as a collaborative craft project; we used paint, glue, tissue paper and string to create our large-scale dragon! We then used our finished dragon's head whilst performing a dragon dance!
Children were introduced to Chinese numerals; noticing how these differ from our own and using tracing paper to try and recreate them. This provided a good opportunity for some of our older children to practice their fine motor skills. For our younger children we used rice in a tuff tray to encourage mark making on a larger scale; we used our fingers, paint brushes and chopsticks to create patterns. We then added spoons, scoops and jugs to satisfy our transporting schemas.
Our shop was made into a Chinese restaurant, complete with menus and recipe books to inspire meal ideas. We observed lots of lovely role play in this area, with children 'writing' their food orders and then cooking for their friends.
Many of our children enjoy playing the 'lava game' - this is a game of their own making where when someone says the floor is lava, everyone then has to find something to stand on! To extend this, we decided to perform a science experiment, combining vinegar and baking powder and making our own lava! With Chinese New Year in mind, we decided to make the lava erupt from a dragon instead of a volcano! This created a wonderful sense of awe as the children quickly crowded around the dragon to watch as the bubbling mixture bubbled up and exploded from the dragon's mouth!
Our dolls house has been popular all week, with children playing with this in small groups. We've observed how, as friendships grow and children's confidence increases, children are really beginning to extend their play and build up their imaginative play ideas.
Other popular activities this week have included building with stickle bricks, jigsaw puzzles and sharing stories.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Our children loved our science experiment with erupting lava this week! Why not try some new activities at home too - we have lots of ideas on our website - just follow the link below...