The beach theme continued with sea creature stencils at the craft table, with children choosing to use either sand or paint (or both) to make their creations. Obviously all beaches need pirates! Pirate role-play has been very popular all week; inspired by one child making a telescope at the craft table! This led to lots of pirate telescopes being junk modelled, a box becoming a pirate ship, and lots of pirate role-play. We also played a pirate game where mats became the ship, and children had to jump overboard as they shouted ‘aye aye captain!’
As well as the pirate game, we also tried a new game that the children called the ‘copy-cat game’. The children sat in two rows facing each other. Children on one side had to decide how to move down the central aisle; walk, run, skip, hop, jump etc. The child opposite then had to copy them. This was a good opportunity for children to follow simple instructions and to observe and copy their peers, moving in a variety of different ways. Movement was the theme of this week’s Jolly Jo sports session too. Whilst playing the traffic light game, children had to choose different vehicles to move like; police cars, scooters, speedway etc. We also played cat and mouse, with the cats chasing the mice!
This week many of our families have been celebrating the festival of Eid. This led to a lovely carpet-time talk about how Eid is celebrated.
Other popular activities have been the ramps, the water wall, finding bugs in the garden, cars, and stickle bricks. We also enjoyed our number song at carpet-time, but made it trickier this week by counting backwards and considering the concept of 1 less than a given number!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: The children really enjoy tidying at pre-school, so why not try and involve them at home too? Make it fun, with plenty of praise and see how helpful they can be!