Fireworks are also a prominent part of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We were delighted to have someone come in and share their experiences of Diwali this week; reading us the story of Diwali, showing us some authentic diva lamps, sharing an image of a rangoli design, and offering us all a bindi to wear. This inspired us to have-a-go at making our own diva lamps using air-drying clay. We also tried to create our own rangoli designs from coloured blocks, chalks and pencils. On Friday we attempted a Diwali inspired recipe known as ‘barfi’ using coconut and condensed milk. As the children mixed the ingredients they were encouraged to add a wish for the year ahead… we had wishes for being princesses, living in Jurassic Park, being a dinosaur, as well as a wish for living in a shed with a hole in the roof!!
Our final event this week was looking forward to Remembrance Day. Children are often aware that people are wearing poppies and are curious as to why. We feel our children are too young to understand about the concept of war, but we did discuss the importance of remembering people and how we use poppies to do this. We shared a short animation that CBeebies has produced that shares the story of a rabbit as he hides when hearing ‘bangs’ but then comes out as the sun shines and the poppies grow.
As well as focusing on different events, we’ve still enjoyed our usual routines. Jolly Jo this week really focused on listening to instructions as we added prepositional language such as under and over. The children also asked for their daily mile where we do laps of the garden. This week we’ve been butterflies, ladybirds, dinosaurs and lions!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home: Why not watch the CBeebies poppy animation together with your child? This helps form a basic understanding of remembrance that will be built upon as they enter school and beyond.