Monday, 23 March 2015

EASTER MATHS TRAY

I thought I would share this tray that I put together this morning. All of this can be bought from the local pound shop so it makes it a super cheap tray to set up!

Each plastic egg now has a number written on it and the corresponding number of spots on it so that even if children can not recognise the number, they can count the spots and make the connection between the numeral and the quantity.
The children can then fill the egg with the correct number of smaller eggs.



I also wrote "Chick" and "Rabbit" on to two spare eggs so that the children could become familiar and recognise these Easter words as they play.


The plastic eggs are great for popping open and then back together again and even the toddlers enjoyed filing them and trying to connect them again. This is quite trick and not as easy as popping them open!




The shredded paper makes a fun (and not too messy) base to hide Easter objects in and the little ones love to rummage and see what they can find.



You could do a similar tray with just words in for a literacy based tray.


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematics

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

MOTHERS DAY GIFTS!

We have been enjoying lots of Mother's Day crafts this week. The children have  been thinking about all the things that their mothers do for them  and how we can do something nice for them and look after them for a change. 
 The children came up with some lovely ideas. Making mummy a cup of tea, helping with the cooking and housework, taking her out for dinner (Listen up Daddy's!) Giving her cuddles!
It was lovely to see the children sharing ideas for doing something nice for someone special to them. 


I bought lots of bits that the children could decorate and then gave them a selection of materials to use. They could chose what they wanted to make, how much they wanted to make and then popped everything in a gift bag with a card.




I think they came up with some lovely gifts and cards. I showed them the idea of turning a picture in to a cup and sticking it to the card front. Some of the children wanted to do this and others wanted to make their own design. The ones with a cup on the front had a tea bag added to the card!
The children even decorated their own gift bags.


We made wooden fridge magnets, painted ceramic hanging hearts and vases. Painted wooden mum signs and trinket boxes.


The mum's were very happy to receive their gifts and the children were super excited to give them!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and language
  • Expressive Art and Design

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

PLAYBUS SINGING SESSION

We are very lucky in our village to have a mobile children's center visit us every fortnight. The children really look forward to the visit and like to choose new library books to borrow and play on a bus for the morning.
At the end of each session we enjoy a sing song. The children get to choose a puppet and then we a sing a song connected to the puppet.


This week we got to use instruments too!


All the children have their favorite song and often look for the puppet linked to it so they get to sing the song they want!




Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and language
  • Expressive Art and Design.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

LOOSE PARTS- TRANSFERRING

Little "M" loves to fill up bags and pots. She has started to show an interest in Transporting items around and placing them in bags or the buggy to move them around the house. This could be the start of a Transporting schema. 
We have lots of loose parts available and these pictures show her using the small wooden cookies and some stacking pots. This activity was completely self initiated and came about after finding some of the items the older children had left out. 


I love how she found a stick and imitated stirring. It was like she was cooking. She does this action a lot when we are in the outdoor kitchen.


She found another pot and a large shell to use and started to fill and pour the wooden cookies from one to another.



She even tried to use the bowl as a scoop.


Trying to pick these small items up really worked her finger muscles. It can be tricky to pick them up when you reach the bottom of the box. Lots of careful and concentrated movements and pincer grip.


This also encouraged a lot of movement across the mid line which will help develop her Bilateral skill. A skill needed when learning to read later in life!



Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

CORNISH PASTIES FOLLOWED BY CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM FOR ST PIRAN'S DAY

Trying something new during our Cornish week. Cornish pasties for lunch! 
We talked about why this was a perfect meal for minors and how they held the crusty edge so they didn't get the food dirty and then threw away the crusts.



Everyone seemed to like them and the plates were cleared!

We then enjoyed some Cornish ice cream. More empty dishes!!



It's a shame it's not a Cornish week every week!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and language
  • Understanding the world

CREAM TEA FOR ST PIRAN'S DAY


This week we have been looking at St Piran's Day and learning about his story. We have also learnt quite a lot about Cornwall and Cornish life.
I thought it would be nice to enjoy a mid morning cream tea together. We bought all the things wee needed and set it all up. It was a lovely and quite grown up snack time!


The children tried a cup of tea. Some of them have had tea before and told me how they like it!


There was some discussion about if you put the cream or the jam on first!



Everything was eaten and very much enjoyed! I think we need to introduce a tea brake every morning. I actually got to drink a hot cup of tea and the conversation was lovely. I took the opportunity to re-tell the story of St Piran. Little "L" remembered some parts of the story from when she came here on Monday.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and language
  • Understanding the world

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