Our tuff trays have felt very snowy this week! We have explored flour, icing sugar, cloud dough, rice and ice to represent an arctic themed winter wonderland! These tuff trays are always set up as an invitation to play - inspiring children to engage and explore the different textures. Our children have been particularly enjoying the train track recently, so we themed one of our tuff trays as the Polar Express!
Continuing a snow theme - we shared the story, 'The Gruffalo's Child' - a sequel to the Gruffalo where the Gruffalo's child explores different tracks in the snow! Our children took a real interest in this story and it led to a carpet time discussion about how the moon had made a shadow which made the mouse look big - we then discussed how we could make shadows using torches... definitely something to explore next week!
We were very excited to have REAL snow on Friday! Small groups of children were taken outside to explore the snow, where we then discussed how it felt (cold!), made tracks in the snow, threw snowballs at the fence, and even made a snowman! This inspired us to make our own snowmen at the craft table too!
With the colder weather this week, we have made more use of the large hall. On Monday we played a variety of games, such as, 'What's the time Mr. Wolf', and then on Tuesday we enjoyed our Jolly Jo session where we played a transport game - pretending to be cars, planes or trains, and enjoyed a hula hoop chasing game.
Other popular activities this week have included our puzzles, making our own instruments using bottles and rice, and using scissors.
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
We enjoyed sharing the tale of the Gruffalo's Child this week - why not share this story at home too and see what your child can remember? Who lived in the treetop House? What about the log-pile house? Can you remember where Fox lived? How does the story end - is the big bad mouse real?! There's a link to the story below...
The Gruffalo's Child - Read by Alan Mandel - Bing video