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.

"Aa" TRAY. TODDLER ACTIVITY

I find setting up play trays a really good way to focus the children's interest and play. It's like curiosity sets in and they all want to know what fun the tray holds 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 it 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.

SHOWING OFF OUR NEW FOUND WRITING!

My current 2 year olds have started to take an interest in letters that we see around us. I thought I would piggy back on this interest and look at the letters that start their names. A letter that has meening for them.
We started with large versions on A4 paper. I wrote each child's first initial on the paper and then we used felt pens to write over the top. We said the letter sound while doing this. Pens are easy to make marks with even with very presure being used. This makes them easy, if not a bit messy, for the little ones to draw with.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

LEARNING ABOUT LIONS

My little one love lions at the mo. They chase each other and ROAR!!! It seems to be a stage most toddlers and pre-schoolers go though. No idea why? If you are interested in some lion activities then I will share some fun facts and crafts for you to enjoy with your little ones.

These pictures were taken at the Zoo a couple of weeks ago. All the lions curled up and sleeping. This is very normal and apparently they sleep for 21 hours a day! (And I thought I could be lazy!)


Lions eat every 3-4 days! I guess it is hard to build up an appetite if you never move!
They eat BIG meals rather than the little and often we tend to eat. Imagine how you feel after an "eat as much as you like" buffet!!  Now I understand why they sleep for 21 hours!



Lions live in social groups and keep the bond with their family strong by leaning and rubbing against each other. See how they all cuddle as they sleep. They also use softer calls to show they mean no threat and being friendly to the other lions in their group.



FUN CRAFTS ON THE WEB

Fork lion head pictures.

Hand Print lion



Lion facts 

Have some fun watching a bit of David Attenborough's Nature films about Lions and look at some books at the local library. Fiction and non fiction.


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