We are using this as an opportunity to look at other countries and have begun to make flags of other nations to represent the wonderfully diverse children that attend Squirrels. It is such a lovely opportunity for children to learn from each other, to hear other languages and talk about other cultures.
This week we have been noticing the signs of Autumn. This is immediately evident every time we go into the garden and are bombarded with the acorns falling off the large oak tree. The ground is beginning to disappear under the carpet of leaves and there is definitely an early morning chill in the air. We have been collecting the acorns in small buckets and trying to sweep them up but there are many more yet to fall.
Some of the children wanted to make musical shakers this week and one child had the idea of putting the acorns into a pot and covering it with paper, secured by sellotape. This made a fantastic shaker and many more of these were produced over a few days. We added the musical instruments and had a lovely time shaking out rhythms and making music.
Leaves have been used to make leaf print pictures and the children have been mixing autumn coloured paints to add to the general feel of an autumnal scene.
Squirrels has a bug hotel in the garden and the children have enjoyed exploring this and looking around for new residents to move in. We found a woodlouse, a worm and a few small spiders. These were closely examined in the bug viewer before moving them into their new home.
The remote control cars have been extremely popular this week. Children learn to control these by selecting the correct switch, controlling the movements by watching the direction that the car travels and taking evasive action when appropriate. Turn taking has been an important part of this activity and we used our large sand-timer to make sure that the children all had a turn. Turn taking is often quite a difficult concept for young children to understand but we encourage this through many different activities such as board games and group activities.
Often the most fun activities are those that are created by the children themselves. It was delightful to see a group of boys wearing pots and pans on their heads whilst they
created a game.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks' fun at home:
Collect autumn leaves, twigs, acorns to make pictures. Look at pictures of other countries and talk about what it would be like to live there.