Balancing was the theme for our Jolly Jo session on Tuesday and this was continued throughout the week in the garden. To practise balancing skills the children walked with beanbags on their heads, moved along the balancing beams, raced with an egg and spoon and practising throwing and catching.
We have been developing our skills in turn taking and problem solving by playing simple turn taking games, rolling dice and predicting what might happen. It is important that children learn to work out how to do things and to understand the necessity of sometimes having to wait. These are difficult skills even for an adult, but we try to encourage this by the use of fun games with an interesting outcome.
On Wednesday Lucy showed one of the children how to make a paper aeroplane which resulted in around twenty aeroplanes being flown around the room as the other children became involved. The children had a wonderful time observing how to fold the paper and giving it a go themselves. There is quite a technique to making a plane fly a long distance but they soon got the hang of it.
We have some wonderful building blocks in a variety of sizes and shapes which are filled with coloured beads and shapes. These were extremely popular this week and the children created some very attractive structures. It is often the simplest activities that are the most popular and they give the children the opportunity to develop their own games and techniques. Simple Lego bricks are still the most requested activity that we have.
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Make paper aeroplanes or boats (find out how on the internet or ask a member of the staff to help you)
Words we have learned this week: