Monday, 25 April 2016

HOW TO MAKE - A SWORD



We made swords for St Georges Day today! Really simple to make and lots of fun to play with!

You will need:
  • Thick cardboard 
  • Tin foil
  • Glue
  • Glittery stickers/ gems
  • string or yarn
  • lolly pop sticks
  • Paint



Cut out a cardboard sword shape and cover the blade in glue and then tin foil.
Use paint to decorate the handle. Add a lolly pop stick to each side of the handle vertically and bind it with the string or yarn. This will make the handle stronger and less likely to bend during play.


Add gems and sparkly stickers to personalise your sword and then have fun dueling!!

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

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The food shop arrived!

The food delivery arrived and I had many helpers wanting to carry food in to the kitchen. I am sure they will outgrow this all too soon...and I suspect the delivery guy thought I had a lot of children. 



Monday, 11 April 2016

DIGGER CONSTRUCTION SITE TUFF TRAY


I used: 

  • Pebbles
  • Insides of till receipt rolls
  • Sandpaper
  • green scarf
  • Pine cones
  • Artificial Grass off cuts/ samples
  • Small world digger set

I set up a  play tray for my little ones today. The interest of one of my children is very much focused on diggers and vehicles in general. He can find it hard to mix with the others and I wanted to set something up that might draw several of the children in to the same activity and help him to socialise over a common interest.




It worked really well. The children all gathered around the tray and little "J" could talk about his knowledge and interest for ages. The other 2 children were really interested in what he had to say. They asked him questions and he told them the different names for the diggers.


NEXT STEPS:
  • Provide more of these focused activities with other interests for children to share their knowledge.
  • Use other construction materials to revisit this activity.

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

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

DUPLO - MATHS

Duplo has been this weeks favourite and it is being used in all sorts of interesting ways. This activity was something I planned and set up for St Patrick's Day. It was to encourage the children to try and build a Rainbow. However today more bricks were added and the focus of learning was changed. All because one child had other ideas! The best type of learning!!


She seemed to understand that to make a tall tower you needed a strong base. She used the bigger bricks to start with and then selected the small bricks to build the tower taller. She had some concept of balance by making sure that the bricks were center.


Even when the odd larger brick was included, she still made sure it was centered before building again. This knowledge has come from past construction play. I have seen her balance wooden blocks and not center them first We have talked about why the blocks might have fallen over when she added another one on the edge of a tower. She is using skills that she has developed through play to make this tower work!


Once complete, she asked me how big the tower was. I suggested that we find something to measure it with and she chose to use a number line. She is not yet able to recognise numbers beyond those that have meaning to her. Such as 3 for her age. But she used phrases such as...
"It's really really big!"
"It's as taller as this bit Pippa" while pointing to the top of the number line.


She then put the number line on top of her tower and laughed as she told me that it would be "REALLY REALLY REALLY BIG!!!" if she had more bricks.
"Bigger than me!"


NEXT STEPS:
  • Provide measuring equipment near the Duplo box. Tape measures, rulers, number line, string, 
  • Use other construction materials to revisit this activity.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Art and Design

Monday, 4 April 2016

DUPLO - IN THE ZONE!

"J" is quite a gentle lad who finds it tricky to mix with others. He often seems overwhelmed by people and noise. The Duplo seems to have brought him out of  himself a bit though and he is happy for others to come and join him. 
Today he set up a little train station/yard thing..... I'm not totally sure to be honest!



The girls had decided to build a house with some of the Duplo and sat right next to him as he worked. They walked over to the box to get the pieces they needed and he chatted to them about what he was building.


He even started to include his industrial area in to their farm/house area. It was all very amicable and he offered to give them cars and helicopters to transport their animals.


I noticed that he tested the weight limit of each crane as well. Picking up different vehicles with a crane and seeing if it held or pulled the crane off the roof. He spent quite some time working on this.


NEXT STEPS:
  • Use Duplo play as a way to bring "J" together with his peers.
  • Expand on the crane investigation by suggesting we build a stronger tower and seeing if the crane can then hold more weight.

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


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