Tuesday, 13 September 2016

FOREST SCHOOL - LAMBY, GOAT AND WOODWORK CREATIONS

Forest school today included some visitors from a friends farm. Gertie the pregnant Goat and Lamby. These are pets and are lead trained. They came to eat some grass and weeds and spend time with the children. Lamby was also very helpful in teaching us where wool/ yarn comes from!

My eldest son had a great time walking them around the site.






We linked their visit with a woodwork yarn craft. Using a hammer to bank nails in to blocks of wood and then winding yarn around the nails to make pictures and patterns.





My youngest son and his friend spent most of the morning in ditches metal detecting and dug up some cool items! The favourites were a very old Jays fluid bottle and an even older Liptons Tea sign.



We are neighbours with an Antique Center so the boys cleaned up the sign and took it to be valued. It sold a few weeks later at auction for £18! They are very happy with their first treasure hunting and money making experience!


FOREST SCHOOL - STICK BREAD

Stick bread making at Forest School is a weekly favourite for my little ones. Today we added some fresh blackberries which are growing in abundance on the site! The berries warmed slightly in the bread and became soft and jam like!


Monday, 12 September 2016

CAR THEMED DAY

Today we had a car themed day for all my little car lovers!
I set up a little car wash/water shoot in the kitchen so that the children could enjoy some water play. I added bubbles, toy cars and toothbrushes for cleaning.




I also photocopied some car design sheets so that my budding car designers could set about creating the next best selling sports car!



I offered some foam car shapes and a selection of pens, stickers and small items that could be cut and stuck on if desired. I provided and example car as a prompt and left the children to get creative with their own car decoration!



My older children used some of the car kits that I bought and built race cars with pull back mechanisms in them. These were not as easy to build as the box lead us to believe and I had much more input in to this than I had expected. After much frustration, hot glue and perseverance we had some working cars!




The younger children built these wooden car kits. Pencil holders apparently although most of them got used as teddy cars!!



Thursday, 8 September 2016

NATURE PAINT

Learning is everywhere and so is creativity. Today we found Elderberries and dandelions that made perfect paint when squashed. The berries are so easy to squash that even toddlers can manage it which makes it a very good activity to suit all ages. If they eat the berries then they will not be harmed either. 




We used stones to crush the yellow petals and use the yellow juice to make marks on the cobbles.


Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive art and design
  • Understanding the World


FIRST CONKERS OF THE SEASON!

Autumn is arriving and the first treasures are starting to appear! Conker gathering is always a big hit and I never tier of seeing how the children react to their first conker opening. A year on and my 3 year old's have some recollection of last years conker hunting. But the magic is still very real for them!


Very quickly we remember that the shells need careful handling! Prickly!





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

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

FINDING NUMBERS ON OUR WALK

So many things to find on our walk today! Numbers were just one of them. 
The boys found a Post box with a number on it and more numbers where the collection times were printed. The boys can not yet recognise or identify numerals but they could see that these marks had meaning and pointed them out to me.



I pointed to each number and said the number for them. They stood together chatting and gesturing for a while till something else caught their attention.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematical 

RAMPS AND WHEELS

So much fun had today, just by taking a couple of toy cars to the village skate ramp!

When we arrived the boys ran up and down the ramp a few times while holding their cars. I sat down and showed them how to push the cars up the slope and then watch them roll back down again.
It didn't take long for the boys to give this a go for themselves.


It was interesting to watch them try and guess where the car would end up. Sometimes it zoomed between their feet on the way back and they would squeal as they span around to chase it off the edge of the ramp.



This was a great opportunity to observe their developmental stage of cooperative play. Pushing cars back and forth to one another.

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

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