This week has been leading up to Remembrance Day which of course is something that can be quite difficult to explain to children of this age. We have been talking about how we can help people who are hurt or unable to look after themselves. We also like to remember people who we cannot see any more. For most children this is related to family members or friends who live away but it forms the beginning of understanding the meaning of Remembrance Day. To commemorate this we made two large red poppies, one from cut up pieces of card/paper/material and the other from a circle of the children’s hand-prints.
Much of the week has been spent sweeping up the leaves in the garden which immediately get blown back again! This has been great fun and the children rush around kicking leaves and throwing them into the air whilst we sing songs. We had a good time playing our car game in the garden. This involves an adult holding up different colours of card and the children have to respond as if they were a car. For example, Green – go, Red – stop, Orange – roundabout, Yellow – breakdown. This tests their skills of concentration, memory, following instructions and spatial awareness as they try not to collide with each other.
We have been acting out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week and the children have taken it in turns to play the variety of roles. The children work out their own props and are becoming very good at remembering what happens next in the story.
We made some lovely pictures in a variety of ways this week. On Tuesday the children dropped paint onto some paper, covered it with cling film and squelched it around to make a fantastic print. Some of them took on the shape of animals such as Butterflies or birds whilst others were simply beautiful patterns.
On Wednesday we made firework pictures by dipping used tea bags in paint and dropping them onto some black paper which causes a lovely splat that looks like a firework exploding in the sky. These were then sprinkled with glitter. (This messy activity is probably one for Squirrels, not home unless you have a large sheet of plastic!!!!!)
On Friday we were visited by the photographer which meant that children were restricted to one half of the room whilst the photos were taken. We managed to keep busy with a variety of board games and drawing and by conducting an experiment. Kelly filled three cups with water and put them in a row. The ones on the outside were coloured blue and yellow using food colouring and the one in the middle was left clear. She then draped a piece of tissue over the sides of the cups to link them. The coloured water travelled up the tissue and dropped into the middle cup which then turned the water green! The children were fascinated to see this happen and then wanted to try different colours so we mixed blue and red to make purple. This helps the children to begin to understand how things can change by a chemical process and to look at how colours are produced.
Next week we will be talking about Children in Need, baking cakes and dressing up as Superheroes.
New words we have learned this week
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home
Play the car game by holding up different coloured paper and encouraging your hold to stop, go, breakdown, roundabout etc.
They might like to act out a story for you themselves or by using small figures (be prepared to have to take on a role).