The children made the little playhouse into a shop and we sold fruit and vegetables. This encouraged us to think about healthy eating and to talk about what fruit and vegetables we like to eat. On Wednesday the children made their own biscuits and were able to try weighing out the ingredients and noticing the changes as we added to the mixture.
Moulding clay into shapes was a great opportunity to get creative whilst developing those all important muscles that will help with writing when the children start school. The painting area was turned into a workshop of model making with boxes and materials being joined together to create all manner of wonderful objects.
Two children invented a game called “The Number Taker”. It involved chasing round the garden pretending they were invisible and trying steal popular numbers. In the afternoon they made a golden snake to save the children from the “Number Taker”. It is so lovely to see the childrens' imagination develop in this way, and even though we adults didn't really understand the rules we joined in with enthusiasm and allowed the game to develop.
On Thursday the children collected leaves, twigs and acorns in the garden and pushed them into some plastic gloves. These were then filled with water coloured with food colouring and dropped in using a pipette. The gloves were tied up and put in the freezer. The next day they were removed to see what had happened. The gloves were peeled off to reveal large frozen autumn coloured hands. This experiment helped the children to understand volume, capacity, change and effect. They were able to predict what might happen at each stage as well as having a lot of fun.
On Friday there was great excitement when Kelly brought a tyre into Squirrels that she had plans for to make a dinosaur garden. Most of the children got involved in filling it with soil and planting some prehistoric looking plants and a small pond made from a microwave container. They then added the dinosaurs who seemed delighted with their new home. Plans for the coming weeks include a fairy garden and a new area for cars.
New words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Put objects into freezer trays with water and add colours to see what happens.
Make a small world garden using a small tray and a bit of soil or sand. Add leaves, twigs, pebbles and some small figures such as lego or plastic animals.