Thank you to the Young people on the Creative Pathways employability programme in Barrhead who worked with our children on Wednesday afternoon to make artwork and plant greenery for their garden.
This marked the end of a 12-week block of Creative Pathways in Barrhead, where young people have worked with artists Rosanna, Portia and Hannah, excelling at creative writing, arts and crafts – while learning more about the environment, their community and getting help to find work.
Last month, the young people presented their ideas to children, parents and our Centre, before creating a fairy garden to stay at the nursery for everyone to play with.
BREAKING NEWS IN ARTHURLIE FAMILY CENTRE!
BROKEN CHAIR MYSTERY
This week we discovered a broken chair outside the Ally Bally Bee Room. The children investigated the crime scene to find out who might have broken the chair. The children we excited and discussed the crime scene. “Look there’s the three bears”. “Why is that chair there?” What is that ribbon for?” Staff supported then children’s curiosity. They searched for clues and noted down what they could see. The found a large footprint in the pile of flour beside the broken chair. The three bears were there too. The children compared the size of their shoe to the footprint and noticed the patterns on their own shoes. One child pointed to the pattern on their sole and said, “I’ve got circles on my foot.”
The children thought it was Goldilocks who broke the chair! But through detective work they discovered that Goldilocks foot was smaller than the print found at the scene. The children made a copy of the print and interviewed various suspects.
The mystery continues ……….
Setting the scene and acting out Goldilocks and the Three Bears with props is one of our all time favorite story telling activities in Arthurlie Family Centre. Have you ever tried storytelling with props? We loved turning a book into a play.
The children in the Alley Bally Bee Room have been making resources for the traditional tale Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. They made a bed with a slide and ball pit for Baby Bear, a soft bed for Mummy Bear and a lumpy bed for Daddy Bear. Then the beds made from recyclable materials were used to retell the story.
Children have taken part in collecting resources for our jungle area collecting mint leaves, anise seeds and branches from the woods, going on jungle animal hunts around the playrooms to find other animals and books. There are lots of different textures and loose parts in our jungle to create imaginative ideas. Children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring a variety of animals and taking part in role pay with peers. We have also added some African drums! Come and join in the fun!
The exercise of blowing the bubble encourages children to practice deep breathing which has calming effects on the body. The activity of blowing bubbles is also good for strengthening muscles in the mouth.
How to make bubble paint
Put a squirt of paint and a squirt of washing-up liquid into a container. Add a little water and mix well until the mixture is runny enough to blow bubbles with. Using the straw, blow into the mixture until the container is so full of bubbles that they rise above the top rim.
There are many natural opportunities for pattern play with children in everyday activities.
In nursery the children were engaged in a pattern game on the smartboard. “I know the next shape. It’s a triangle.” The children repeated the pattern during the game helping their friends with the next shape or colour in the sequence.
The children then used plastic coloured monkeys to explore patterns. “That’s a purple monkey then its green next.”
Things to try at home
Finding Patterns Children often identify repeating patterns naturally occurring in their environment such as stripes on a shirt (red, yellow, blue; red, yellow, blue).
Creating Patterns. Encourage your child to create patterns by arranging coloured blocks, crayons, different sized objects, or stringing beads and more. You can also invite them to create patterns in their physical movements such as “jump, jump, clap; jump, jump, clap.”
At nursery the children have been researching the Glasgow European Championships 2018. The children enjoyed listening to the story of Bonnie the Seal, on the smartboard, who is learning about different sports. The Bonnie the Seal story inspired the children to then made their own games. Some children decided to make a golf game using a bucket, a paper ball and a kitchen roll tube. “Look I can hit the ball in the bucket.”
Glasgow’s George Square will be at the Centre of Festival. During the Championships there are ticketed events some of which are free. The sporting action will also be on shown on the big screens.
To allow us to visit Dams to Darnley Country Park today McGill’s Bus Company provided us with free transport. For some of our children this was their first time on a bus, so there was much excitement. As the bus drove to the country park the children sang some of their favourite songs and rhymes including the wheels on the Bus.
When we arrived at Dams to Darnley Country Park we met Alyson the park ranger who organised some activities including a nature scavenger hunt, clay face making for the trees and a bug hunt which we studied in the magnified bug jars. Staff listened as children talked to each other during their trip.
“That’s a frog. I found a frog. Its jumping off my hand. It was on the ground on that stick.”
Making Clay Faces
“I’m using this feather to make ears for the bunny face. It is made of clay and I’m putting it on the tree for the fairies.”
“My Mum was in the fairy house. Its over there in the tree.”
“I’m putting leaves and twigs in my bag. That flower smells of lemon.”
The country park is made up of different landscapes, including open water, woodland and grassland. The area is important for its wildlife.
Why not have a look on their website for family organised activities available over the next few months.