We had a busy Jolly Jo session this week; our older children focused on colour matching, balancing on beams, jumping over and under beams, and moving to music. Our younger children enjoyed simply exploring different ways of moving. We tried to develop some of these themes in the garden and explored different ways of moving, such as star jumps! We also enjoyed playing parachute games in the garden where we focused on colours.
Our role play area was set up as a Vets surgery this week; there were vet outfits to dress up in, various medical supplies, a set of scales so that the pets could be weighed, as well as books about looking after pets. We also added a till and pet food, much like a really surgery! This enabled children to explore the area and play with their peers, building up role play ideas.
Our small-world has changed daily depending on what children have asked for; we’ve had pirates, jungle animals, dinosaurs and trains.
We’ve also enjoyed a variety of construction based play. The magnetix, Popoids, and wooden bricks have all been popular. It’s interesting to see what the children build; some simply build towers, whereas others work together to build houses, towers, castles and even a prison!
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Instead of continuing the weeks’ fun, why not look towards next week? We will be having a daily cake sale to raise money for Children In Need, so why not enjoy baking cakes together. Baking offers so many learning opportunities – weighing and measuring helps develop maths skills, mixing and stirring helps develop motor skills, talking about the process helps develop vocabulary and language skills, and using a cook book can nurture an interest in books!