Wednesday, 28 June 2017

BUG HOTEL BUILDING

We have been working hard in our outdoor learning area. There are several jobs that need to be done this year and one was rebuilding the bug hotel. Local people have been kindly donating items over the past month and this week's Forest School session included the rebuild.

The children from as young as 24 months up to 5 years old worked together to build each layer up. Collecting items from the tarp and carrying them over to the bug hotel. Piecing them together so that each layer was well stacked. We discussed what might move in and how different items would appeal to different creatures. Such as bamboo for solitary bees to live in. While we moved things we found lots of different insects that were rehoused. .. not sure if they  wanted to but they were!

The strength shown and careful, safe lifting of heavier items can sometimes be removed from children's activities due to worries about the risk of dropping something or getting hurt. But children understand that heavy things need to be handled carefully and should be given the chance to manage the risk. With careful adult supervision. Even the 30 month olds judged which items they could manage for themselves. Testing the weight before trying to carry it further.

Within 2 hours the children had created a fantastic place for our bugs to live! Recycling items that would have ended up in landfill!

Monday, 19 June 2017

SUNDAY SUN AND RIVER TIME FUN

The weather has just been amazing the past week. Fathers day was a scorcher and my man asked if we could spend the evening by the river. There is a pub a few villages over with a lovely river in the garden where the children like to play. It is shallow and fast running so great fun. The bonus is that there are fish and cray fish to try and catch.

Monday, 22 May 2017

"Bb" LETTER TRAY - TODDLER ACTIVITY

This week we are looking at "Bb" letter recognition and sound.
We swapped out "Aa" tray and items for a "Bb" one and the children helped me find lots of "b" items. We found this much easier than for the "a".

A fun activity is to male a little story up using the "b" items. So in our story bear ate brocolli for breakfast and then went on a boat.  But he was too big and couldn't   balance so fell off. But the badgers were  a better fit and all fitted on the boat. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

TOTEM POLES

We have been looking at our number and alphabet books a lot this week. I have a cute set of books called Canada ABC and  Canada 123. Little W really liked these and it was nice to learn some knew words.
He found "T" for Totem poles really interesting.  We looked at the different animals and faces on the poles in the pictures and this led to conversations about what they are and why they are made.
It might be cool to extend this with a week of celebration for Canada day around the 1st July and also to make clay or play dough totems.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS.... PLEASE BRING THE SUN!

We are quite late on this I know but we finally planted our sunflower seeds. My eldest son took his cousin outside and helped him plant seeds in the planter outside our kitchen window. How lovely will it be when they grow! We will be able to see them from the house and they will be a sunny greeting to anyone coming to the house!
They covered up the soil with a propagater lid so the birds and bugs don't eat them as they start to grow.

Let's hope the sunflowers encourage the sun to stay. It pops out for a day and then the rain comes back again..... come on sunflower magic!

"4" NUMBER PLAY TRAY - TODDLER ACTIVITY

After a quick observation of the current children in my setting, I noticed that most could recognise numerals to 3. I suspect this has something to do with those numbers having been relevant to them in their lives as an age. With this in mind I decided to set our first number tray up to start at 4.

I used a cheap pack of playing cards from the pound shop and stuck all the 4 cards on to a tray.  Then collected sets of 4 small items so that the children could count to and recognise groups of 4 and the matching numeral.

This is a simple activity that can be made at home with items you already own. Link this with some number rhymes and board books and you have some lovely play opportunities for reinforcing mathematical learning.

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I find setting up play trays a really goo544wd way to focus the children1's interest and play. It's like curiosity sets in and they all want to know what fun the tray hqqàolds today!! Maybe I should set up a tea making tray and train the little ones up early on!  😊 

This week our letter is Aa. I used flash cards stuck to the tray and a little wooden "a" for the introduction to the letter and then added some toys that start with the letter. We also watch the Jolly Phonics rhyme that goes with each letter on You Tube and sing itwa while playing.  Through the week items get added to the tray as we find more things that start with that letter.

I have also made a point of looking through ABC books each day with the children to reinforce the letter and sound recognition.

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