To link in with this, we have had a book theme at the craft table each day. On Monday we made our own ‘Supertato’ super heroes! Children collected items from the craft trolley and designed their own potato! In the afternoon we then explored the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, decorating characters from the book.
On Tuesday we explored the story of Aliens Love Underpants! We decorated pants using a collection of pencils, paints and stickers; we then made alien pictures by blowing paint with straws! Next we decided to make our own alien using papier-mâché – we made glue using flour and water, and then used this to stick newspaper to a balloon. We revisited this task the next day to add more layers and to paint our alien!
On Wednesday our focus story was Oi Frog – we used the craft table to jump frogs from their paint covered lily-pads into the pond! We also played a game where we pretended to be frogs jumping from our lily-pads into the water!
On Thursday we decided to tell our own stories at the craft table. We had a collection of book characters, and used these to tell a story.
Finally, on Friday, we re-visited one of our favourite stories, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by making our own ‘story maps’. We used a collection of materials to illustrate each part of our bear hunt, and then encouraged children to use their story maps to retell the story to others. This is a great way to encourage children to remember stories they have read and to talk about the story in more depth.
In addition to our story focus, we also celebrated Pancake Day on Tuesday and had a go at making and flipping our own pancakes!
We’ve also started to develop adult-led ideas that incorporate a forest school ethos. This week a small group of children used large darning needles to thread bread and raisins to make bird feeders. This task helped focus on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. We also extended it and talked about the patterns we could make, e.g. bread-raisin-bread or bread-bread-raisin-bread-bread-raisin, helping to incorporate maths concepts.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Use your World Book Day token to buy a new book and enjoy sharing this with your child – can they join in with the story at all? Or maybe they can come up with their own story ideas? Let us know what book you chose!