Dinosaurs have also continued to be a popular theme, so we shared a new story entitled, 'The Girl and the Dinosaur'. This story follows a girl who uncovers a fossil on the beach and illustrates the adventures she has. This led to a carpet-discussion about what a fossil actually is, and where you might see fossils. A number of children chose to share their experiences of seeing fossils in museums, as well as other exciting museum discoveries, such as rockets! It was lovely for children to share their adventures from home.
We always enjoy exploring a variety of malleable materials within our tuff trays, and this week was no different. On Monday, we explored a large pumpkin, using spoons, scoops, and tweezers, to remove the seeds and flesh. On Tuesday, we enjoyed cloud dough which was themed to look like a ploughed field! The 'mud' colour came from adding cocoa powder to the dough - making it smell of chocolate! This seemed to inspire the children to transport it to the home corner and use it to 'bake' chocolate cake! On Wednesday, we combined sand and blue rice to depict a beach scene complete with pirates and sea animals! Thursday, we explored a dough made from porridge oats! Then, Friday, we revisited sand, alongside an empty tuff tray, and enabled our children to explore transporting the sand from the sand tray to the tuff tray.
Autumn continues to inspire us, and children have been using autumn themed stampers and sponges at the craft table. We've also explored various autumnal finds alongside our number line, trying to match quantity and numeral. This led to our counting bears and counting elephants being used - encouraging children to count objects, compare sizes, and sort based on colours.
Other popular activities have included our bikes and trikes in the garden, the train set, Happyland, Paw Patrol, and building using the wooden blocks. We also shared the story of the Gingerbread Man on Friday and plan to explore this story further next week.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Many of our children enjoyed sharing their experiences of museums. A museum can provide such a unique learning opportunity for children and can help inspire new ideas, Many are free, including the natural history museum in Colchester, and are well worth a visit.
Visit the Natural History Museum | Colchester Museums (cimuseums.org.uk)