The tale of the three little pigs inspired the children to ask for their own ‘houses’ to play in – we couldn’t manage to build them from straw, sticks or bricks – but we did work together to put up a number of pop-up tents and make our own ‘houses’ in the garden. One of our pop-up tents became a vet’s surgery; poorly cuddly animals were brought along to be looked after and made better by our team of budding vets! We also enjoyed building houses and towers from the large Duplo bricks; this led to some children comparing how tall their towers were - we counted the bricks and then used the towers to measure how many bricks tall we all were!
The sunshine encouraged us to take our arts and crafts into the garden too. The chunky chalks on the outside chalk board proved popular, as did finding leaves to make leaf rubbings using crayons. When finding leaves, the children noticed that the leaves in our sensory garden were particularly fragrant – we talked about the plants they had found; rosemary, lemon balm and lavender and discussed how we can look after plants. The children then helped as we used our watering cans to water the plants around the garden. We also enjoyed using our paint brushes in the garden. Instead of paint, the children had small buckets of water they could use to ‘paint’ the fences – this offers a fantastic opportunity to ‘paint’ in the garden with no mess!
There have been a variety of games in the garden this week, including ‘duck, duck, goose’, ‘what’s the time Mr Wolf’, and ‘please Mr Crocodile’ – these games are not only good for encouraging physical movement, but they also help children to focus on their listening skills (particularly important for those getting ready to go to big school!), and turn taking.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
- Why not enjoy a walk and collect leaves ready to do your own leaf rubbings at home – look at the different sizes and colours, and maybe make a collage of things you’ve found.
- Use water to paint the fences / patio at home.