At the craft table we explored fruit printing with our 'harvest' of apples, as well as printing using bubble wrap to imitate sweetcorn! As the children experimented with these items for printing, they then chose to introduce their own ideas - using cars and tractors to drive through the paint and across the paper to produce some very pleasing tyre track effects.
We set up our own farm shop on Wednesday, selling a range of fruit, veg, and bread. We observed some lovely role play in this area - with children being either the shop keeper or the customer. The till was very popular and, having only 2 tills, children were learning about sharing and turn taking. We also noted that, once all the fruit and veg had been 'bought' and transported elsewhere in the room - the children decided to restock their shop with books from the book corner and turn it into a book shop - what a great idea!
The playdough started the week set up as a bakery! There were rolling pins, cutters, baking trays and bread tins to inspire children to bake! This then led to children transporting the dough to our home corner where they used the oven and the microwave to cook their bread and serve it up at the dinner table! To extend this, we shared the story of Zed's Bread - a story about a boy baking a loaf of bread. We also read one of our favourites, 'The Little Red Hen' - a story about helping our friends as Little Red Hen farmed the wheat and baked a loaf of bread, with help from the miller and the baker.
With the rain on Friday, our garden play options were limited! We put up our large canopy to offer us some protection from the rain and noted how the children were fascinated with a drip of water that soon became a constant trickle through a very small hole. The children decided they would collect the water and found some buckets. As these filled, they became heavier, so some children found smaller cups for collecting the water and filled these before then pouring them into the larger buckets. There was much questioning as to where the water was coming from, and fantastic examples of problem solving as the children decided how best to collect the rain! The children worked together and we noted how some of our younger children then copied their peers as they began to find ways to collect the rain! This was such a good example of child-led learning where the children's interests were leading them on their own learning adventure!
Other popular play this week has included, bathing babies, sharks, shapes, farm small world, dinosaurs, castles and Happyland.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
The rain was popular (with the children!) on Friday and led to lots of interest in collecting this water! Why not use a plastic bottle, add markers up the side, and make a rain gauge to collect water at home - there's certainly plenty of rain forecast for next week! This can introduce the idea of weather, as well as introduce the concept of numbers and measuring.