With so much bug-based fun, bug story books have proved popular. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a favourite this week, with children keen to share their understanding of this story by using the props to re-tell the story and by using picture cards to show the sequence of events from the story. The children have also been introduced to fact-based books, with some children asking what a fact indeed is?
Wednesday was a very windy day – so we hung scarves all around the garden to see how the wind blew them around. A number of children also used the scarves as make-shift dress up outfits, making beautiful saris. We then used these scarves as a magical carpet to go on a magical adventure, as well as using them to make a den… it’s amazing how much fun the children can have when a simple scarf inspires their imagination.
Thursday was the day of the general election so, to help children understand what a ‘vote’ is, we set up our own ballot box! Children were able to vote for their preferred snack by selecting a picture of the fruit or vegetable they wanted and posting it into the ballot box. Once everyone had voted, we counted the votes and made a chart showing the most popular fruit. This will now be included on next week’s snack options – showing children how their opinions matter and how they can have a say on things that matter to them.
New words we have learned this week:
Cocoon (from ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story)
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
What bugs can you find at home? Bug hunting is great fun and, using a bug spotter sheet, can help encourage mark making. Talking about your finds encourages language, and also offers children a chance to explore their local environment and gain an appreciation of nature.