Monday, 13 July 2015

"B" TIME FOR DINNER BABY!

I have no idea what Ofsted would say about this idea of feeding babies.... 




Baby doesn't seem to mind too much though! The dogs are also being very well looked after.


It is lovely to watch young children showing an understanding of their world by imitating what they see in their lives around them. Caring for dolls as though they were babies and taking dogs for a walk.  She even had a chat on an old mobile phone.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding The World

"J" ENJOYING MATHS AS HE PLAYS.


Little "J" loves cars and will play with them at every opportunity. I have to take full advantage of this interest and try and draw it in to other areas of learning. I have to observe closely to see how his interest and play is actually helping him to learn all of the things I can sometimes find hard to measure when checking his progress against the Early years outcomes.

Today was just one of those days.
While he sat checking out the buses in the box and sorting out all the cars. I saw a lot of mathematical thinking and language happening.
 He told me he had a red bus. Then 2 red buses.
 Then he had a little bus and a big bus.
 This one is bigger look! This one is smaller.
Then he looked to see if he could find another bus and if it was the same size as any of the buses he already had.
Look how many windows this bus has.... 10 windows, We counted them together. Both buses had 10 windows. That is the same!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and language
  • Understanding The World
  • Mathematics 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

BOTTLE TOPS CONSTRUCTION!

We have many bottle tops in our loose parts station and they are something that gets used a lot!
This week I have been adding mirrors to our loose part play and enhancing the experience.


The mirrors add depth and a new perspective to the children's play. If you add several mirrors then you introduce the children to a basic concept of endless and infinity.
Mirrors reflect light and images and by moving their bodies the children will see something different in their mirror. But the structures built on them will stay the same as the base image changes!



This activity can be used to 

  • Discuss size and height
  • Colour match/ sort and organise
  • Build structures
  • Balance
  • Explore reflections
  • Explore infinity
  • Help develop a steady hand


LEAF AND CRAFT PUNCH PICTURES!

A great way to make some take home art with children using nature as their medium! This one also works the finger muscles!

The children an I collected some coloured leaves. It would have been nice to have more reds and oranges so I will do this again with them in the Autumn. The waxy leaves worked better as well.

                                 

I offered them all some crafting shape punches and showed them how to push a leaf in and then push down to cut a hole in the leaf. 




They were amazed to see little rabbits and ducks falling from the cutter and that they could see rabbit and duck shaped holes in the leaves! This encouraged them to carry on cutting them. It took careful control and skill to get the leaf in the gap and push it in far enough that the leaf was in properly. They also had to keep it there while they pushed the cutter down. They very quickly got the hang of this and we had little shaped bits of leaf all over the paper.

Once they had finished with the cutting part of the activity. they used the pens to draw pictures and then added the cut out leaves to it.




NEXT STEPS: 
    • Use different shape and size cutters.
    • Offer paper and hole punch for free play.
    • Use the leaves as a threading activity after the holes have been cut.
    •  Use the leaves in the story of the "Very hungry caterpillar". 

    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING:

    This took focus, perseverance and a "keep trying" attitude. It was a bit fiddly but the reward was seeing a little shape fall out the bottom. This encouraged the children to stick at it even, when it was a challenge.
    They both paid attention to details such as making sure the leaf went in far enough and noticing patterns on the leaves! They then used the patterns to make patterned ducks and rabbits! 

    Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Communication and language
    • Physical Development
    • Expressive Art and Design
    • Understanding The World

    GLASS NUGGET ART AND MIRRORS!



    The weather has been so nice this week that it was great to get outside. We had started the week off with 2 days of high winds and weather warnings and we were all feeling rather cooped up. Then the sun came out and we were "FREE"!

    I set up an activity on the table outside and let the children explore it. I placed perspex mirrors and a bowl of coloured glass nuggets out popped a few of the nuggets on to a mirror as an introduction to play.

    The girls were both very interested to see what I was doing and came over, asking if they could touch them.
    "Of course! See what you can find to do with them!"

    So they set about exploring the mirror and the effects of the reflections changing as they moved . From one angle they could see the fence and from a different angel they could see the sky and clouds!

    "I" placed green nuggets along the bottom of the mirror and told me it was grass.



    "L" spent time grouping and naming the colours of the nuggets before making a picture. She also spent quite a bit of time moving on her chair so that one minute she was working with a sky reflection and other times she was working with a fence reflection, or a bush.


    "I" continued to make her picture, giving it sky and a sun.



    "L" made a waterfall and lake. She added a rabbit to the little area of grass and then a Dinosaur came along!



    The learning outcomes of this activity are broad.

    • Grouping and sorting buy colour
    • Talking about texture
    • Counting
    • Colour recognition
    • Creative art activities
    • Adding and subtraction exploration
    • Pattern making and following
    • Mosaic making
    • Quantity comparison
    • Letter formation
    By adding the mirror you are extending these opportunities further.
    • Looking at doubling by standing the mirror up and places nuggets on the table in front of it.
    • Depth perception
    • Exploring how reflections change as you move and change your perspective
    • Scientific enquiry
    • Exploring reflections.

    Thursday, 28 May 2015

    A DAY OF CRAFTS.

    Half term is always a great time to enjoy some crafting. I always get far too much and we never have a lot of time to really enjoy crafting in term time. School and meal times get in the way! So we have really been making the most of being creative this week!








    My boys joined the little ones and sat with them making and painting Warhammer figures.




    Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    MAKING BUG HOTELS!

    Bug hotel making was the aim of the day at Forest school this week! We put a shout out on line for donations and as usual so many people were generous with their gifts!

    This is the end result of our mornings work. Grand job, lead by our Forest school leader, Charlie and her helpers!



    Our other Forest School leader, Melanie, helped the children make smaller versions to take home! Using real tools and wood!



    Give children good quality tools to use and they will find a love for creating and building. We have all used low standard tools and the job is never as enjoyable as if we had the right tools for the job.
    Children are the same. If everything is too hard or doesn't work properly then they will soon become frustrated, By giving them the real, quality tools we are showing them that we trust them and respect them to use the tools safely and correctly.
    With supervision and the opportunity, these little ones can make some amazing things!



    I suspect we have many bugs living in real luxury around the county tonight!

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