BIRTHDAY MEMORY WALL

Since we put up our birthday letters we have had a few birthdays at school…Along with the other spoils and special events on a birthday we have started our memory letters wall. It has proved to be a really special event and the children have been delighted in the whole process…

They have taken such pride and care in their letters – from choosing and mixing their paint to thoughtfully selecting all the special adornments to go on… Their friends love to watch them and it’s been a wonderfully special addition to their birthday day…

BIRTHDAY MEMORY WALL

COLOUR FUN!

We’ve had great fun discussing the colourful world around us this week! It’s been a time to reinforce our colour knowledge and explore colour through various art forms and craft…

Colour sorting sensory play and emergent reading fun…

The children had great fun balancing marbles and discussing all the beautiful colours and patterns inside them…

During the week we made sure there were plenty of small world sensory play opportunities..

And of course plenty of fun in the outdoor kitchen and loose part play with natural materials…

 

COLOUR FUN!

EXPLORING SUMMER

This week we had fun doing and discussing all things summer…While we still have warm summer mornings there is plenty of time for getting messy outdoors! Discussion ranged from camping to insects to keeping cool and what to wear to our favourite places, picnics and the beach amongst many other things…

Around the class we had summer play provocations which the children had great fun playing with…

Outdoors there was plenty of time to cook with sand and water in the outdoor kitchen…

We constructed a ball slide where the children had a great time collecting all the balls and seeing how fast they could roll them down the slide…

Plenty of free art out to explore and loose parts to create with…

We played with coloured ice balls in water and then for an added sensory element added some shaving foam the next day…The children loved how the colours melted into the foam and swirled around…

Of course summer crafts to take home and remind us of our fun week…

EXPLORING SUMMER

PET LOVE

We’ve had great fun this week talking about pets and how much they mean to us… Chat and discussion about how to look after pets, what we love about pets and what we think having a pet is all about… The children have especially loved dramatic play this week – school has been bustling with the sounds and scampering of every pet under the sun!

A discussion table, felt fish pets and lots of small world and sensory play…

Colour sorting, shape matching and emergent reading…

Of course plenty of open art…

Pet craft activities…

And a class full of gorgeous puppies…

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PET LOVE

RED & OTHER COLOURS

This week we’ve been getting excited about red…and other colours! Suiting our valentine moods the children have had fun discussing and playing around with colour…

Of course we had to make a rainbow… Endless fun and possibilities…

Some lighting ambience and a little magic…

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Lots of different colour free art & activities…

Sensory tubs…

Water play with red water babies…

Experimenting with puffy red cloud dust…The pictures speak for themselves – we had to do this many times over!

And lots of valentine art for mom and dad!

 

 

RED & OTHER COLOURS

BUSY DAYS

It’s been a busy week at school – we’ve been discussing our families and making plenty of special gifts to take home to everyone… Our school frames are filled with familiar faces busy at play and our family wall filled with our loved ones…

Fun using up our old play dough…

Plenty of time for a quiet picnic, spraying, baking, pouring and mixing…

Our special letters ready to be posted…

Plenty of art…

Painting ice blocks to cool down…

…and painting the school together!

 

BUSY DAYS

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

As we are still early into the year our priorities have been getting to know each other and our new environment… Our aims have been to inspire the children to investigate, experiment and engage…There have been plenty of questions and answers as the children have started their journey of self discovery this year through play…

Our theme has been “our home”. As many of the children are new I’ve let them lead the discussion as we’ve gotten to know each other – chatting at the outdoor kitchen, building and creating together and just taking a look around getting comfortable with their space…The most exciting part of our week was to construct the 3 little pigs houses together. The children played with this the whole week and I often found them “building a house of bricks” (blocks outside)…There has been a lot of dramatic play, teacher led singing and creative singing “open mic”!

This week we have explored scissors & cutting, chalks, painting with tempura & acrylic, glueing and water colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

DIY ROCKET

The space rocket was a huge hit this past week and super simple to make!

Things you need: old tins in different sizes; spray paint; plastic lids in different colours; magnetic strip; glue

I took some old tins in different sizes so they could fit on top of each other and be “stacked”. Gave them a good wash and spray paint in silver. I had a tub of plastic lids that I’ve collected over some time and just glued a piece of magnetic strip to the back.

The children spent ages arranging the colours and tins or just seeing how many colours they could fit onto a rocket!

DIY ROCKET

ANIMAL PLAY MAT & ACTIVITY

Making simple play mats is a useful way to use up all your odd size felt bits. I have a number of mats that I’ve made for different play scenes that I bring out during the year.

The children love to get creative with the different textures provided and often end up creating their whole own unique environments for their animals!

If you have animal counters a great activity is to find similar animal silhouettes to make a template sheet and let the children match up the animals.

ANIMAL PLAY MAT & ACTIVITY