Another lifecycle that we've focused on this term is growing plants from seeds. On Friday, a group of children helped us to plant out tomato plants that had been grown from seed. The children used trowels to dig the holes, helped to soak the roots, and then planted the tomatoes into the garden. We hope, eventually, that the children will be able to harvest and eat the fruit, developing an understanding of where some of their food actually comes from.
Digging in the garden remains a popular activity, with children enjoying the physical challenge of digging, as well as the hope of finding bugs, such as worms! However, one group of children were absolutely certain that they had uncovered some fossils as they dug on Friday! This started a lively conversation about where their 'fossils' might be from, and discussing what their fossils were! This is a theme we will develop further next week!
Playdough remains a popular activity and, on Monday, we set up playdough alongside various herbs. Aside from making the room smell lovely, we observed lots of lovely language as children discussed how it smelt like spaghetti bolognaise or pizza! This led to children transporting the playdough into the home corner to use in their cooking!
Washing has been a popular activity all week. Noticing children's interest in water play, we extended this by setting up a car wash station - with some very mucky cars, a soapy washing station, and towels for drying! Once all of the cars were clean, we then washed the animals, before children then started scrubbing clean all of the chairs and tables in the garden! Hopefully this helpful washing and cleaning interest will continue next week too!
Other popular activities this week have included, playing Duck Duck Goose in the garden, ball games, water and ice exploration trays, building with Duplo, making ice creams at the craft table using real sprinkles, and mashing activities in the tuff tray!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
We hope growing tomatoes will help our children start to form an understanding of where food comes from. Could you grow food at home too? Lettuce, herbs, or cress don't need much space and can be grown on a sunny windowsill. If you have more space, you could try growing strawberries, or tomatoes. Looking after plants, observing how they grow, and harvesting an edible product at the end is immensely rewarding.