We have explored lots of toys this week, with children helping choose what resources we should have out each day. Trains, cars, pirates, happyland, and dinosaurs have all been popular. We’ve also explored lots of different construction toys, including wooden bricks, briotec, knex and waffle bricks in the garden.
Numbers and shapes have been a fun focus area this week. We have a new, very large, felt board with numbers and shapes that Velcro on; the children have enjoyed exploring these, ordering them, pulling them off and sticking them back on! We’ve also got a new song where children have to find a certain number on the board – this has been really popular and asked for daily! It’s been a great way of introducing children to numbers in sequence, looking at the concept of ‘one more’, and helping children to learn to recognise numerals 1-5.
Our climbing frame came out on Thursday and Friday – this is always popular and offers children an opportunity to focus on their gross motor skills - climbing, sliding and developing balancing skills. Jolly Jo also offers our children an opportunity to develop their gross motor skills – this week we enjoyed matching colours, music and dancing, as well as various parachute games.
To end the week, the children enjoyed baking a cottage loaf – they helped to weigh out the ingredients and mix them altogether. The finished product was likened to an alien spaceship, although still tasted lovely when we shared it at snack time.
Finally, we’ve enjoyed going on a bear hunt! This is always a favourite book, so we’ve selected it as our ‘book of the term’. We enjoyed reading the story this week, with many children now joining in with the repeated phrases and actions. We also enjoyed making bear faces at the craft table using paper plates and various craft provisions.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
We’ve really enjoyed looking for numbers in our new song – focusing primarily on numbers 1-5. Why not see whether you can find any numbers at home – on food packaging, a clock, or even the TV remote! For our younger Squirrels, simply saying the number names can help them become familiar with them, whereas our older children may be ready to start to actively look for specific numbers in their environment.