Pirates were also a popular theme. Having been inspired by props from the dressing up trolley – some of the children decided to build a pirate ship in the garden using crates and planks. It looked a little dull – so we decided to tape paper around the ‘ship’ and then used crayons to decorate it. Once sailing across the ocean, we came up with some new pirate themed songs; “If you’re a pirate and you know it say ahoy… ahoy” (to the tune of if you’re happy and you know it.)
Our dolls house has been popular all week; often offering children an opportunity to quietly play indoors whilst the majority have been in the garden. This has enabled us to observe children as they’ve really focused on building a narrative into their play.
As many of our children have been visiting their new primary schools this week, we’ve been sharing stories about ‘big school’ – this has given children an opportunity to ask questions and talk about their new schools. As well as sharing stories about school – children have also been choosing their favourite books and then using tracing paper to trace their favourite pictures from the book. This gave children an opportunity to discuss the story and characters, as well as focusing on pencil control.
Finally, our caterpillars emerged from their cocoons into beautiful butterflies this week! The children were excited to see them and were inspired to create their own butterfly pictures at the craft table. It’s been a very exciting journey to observe our tiny caterpillars grow and change!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Enabling children to lead their own learning through child-led play is such an important part of nurturing independent learners. Offer your children open ended play opportunities (a box, a sheet over a table etc.) and then be involved in their play. If they decide the box is a rocket, join them on a trip to the moon! You can help them explore and expand their own ideas and model new ideas.