In a continuation of this theme we have welcomed visitors into the setting this week to talk about their jobs and what they do.
On Wednesday we were visited by a doctor who allowed the children to listen to their heartbeat with her stethoscope. This theme was continued throughout the week in the role play area which was turned into a hospital and and then a doctors surgery.
On Thursday there was great excitement when we were visited by the Blue watch firefighters. They came into the setting and talked about their clothing and equipment. The children enjoyed seeing Julie dressed as a firefighter while the fireman explained what each piece was for. The children were then allowed in small groups to go an sit in the fire engine in the car park and to operate the hose. Sadly the visit was cut short by a real “shout” when the fire-engine was called to a real emergency. Sirens blaring the firefighters left Squirrels and we went back indoors to create a thank you card for them.
Other activities this week have included, icing biscuits, playing ring games, assault course, maching colours, looking at textures, making playdough, finger painting, gloop and creating patterns with Knex.
The children have been enjoying guessing games with “What's in the box?”. We place small toys or objects such as a pencil in the box and the children have to guess what is inside from a series of clues. This is a great way to introduce new describing words to develop language as well as developing perception, memory and the thought process.
Words we have learned this week:
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Using a large piece of paper or the back of some old wallpaper (often samples in DIY stores), draw round your child and encourage them to draw on details such as facial features and clothes to represent any professions such as policeman, firefighter, doctor etc.
Create your own “What's in the Box” game using small objects. If you can't find a box, drape a tea-towel over a tray with objects underneath and use clues to guess what is hiding there.