There have been a wonderful and creative variety of activities on offer thanks to the innovation and imagination of the Squirrels staff. Plastic bugs were found swimming around in swamp mud (green jelly) and set into ice from the last ice age (the freezer).
In the garden we discovered snakes and worms wriggling in the mud (cooked spaghetti in soil). The snakes were then used to print slimy pictures that wriggled and squiggled across the page.
We went on a mini beast safari to look for small creatures using our binoculars and magnifying glasses. Ladybirds, spiders and beetles were discovered and we are trying to encourage some to move into our bug hotel in the garden.
We have been looking at the lifecycle of butterflies, frogs and humans which is a lovely way to talk about how we grow and change from babies, through childhood and into adulthood.
We are continuing with our preparations for the move up into “big school” which is fast approaching for many of our children. The children are practising recognising and writing their own names, putting on their own coat and doing up the fastenings and putting up their hands and waiting to be asked in group activities.
We have carried on with story writing this week and the children have been coming up with some very imaginative ideas. These stories are read out to the rest of the children and it is lovely to see the pride on the authors face to have their story listened to.
Junk modelling this week has produced some amazing structures, many of them huge, which we are sure the parents are delighted to display at home!!!!!!!!!
On Thursday with the sun shining overhead the children decided to turn the playhouse into an icecream shop with icecreams made from cardboard rolls and tissue paper.
Words we have learned this week:
· Set (jelly)
Ideas to continue this weeks fun at home:
Try setting fruit in ice cubes. It is a good opportunity to see how liquids become solid by freezing them and then become liquid as they defrost. Using small pieces of fruits such as a raspberry turns this experiment into a tasty treat.