In the Toddler Room the children love to make play dough. Today we decided to try a different recipe. The children helped to make some this morning and they had fun exploring its texture and scent. They said it smelt like strawberries.
Have fun trying this at home. Here’s what you need to make Silky Playdough:-
1 Cup of Cornflour
1 Cup of Hair Conditioner
Mix the cornflour and the conditioner in a bowl. If its too sticky add more cornflour, too crumbly add more conditioner. The play dough should be soft and ‘squidgy’.
The children added glitter giving their play dough a little bit of sparkle. You can add anything to it. Try buttons or beads to enhance their fine motor skills.
This week in the Studio we have been exploring filling, pouring and emptying.
The children helped to fill up the water tray, discussing how many tubs of water we need to fill up the tray. We also discussed the difference between hot and cold water.
The children then selected what resources they would need to use to be able to fill, pour and empty the water.
we selected large measuring jugs, small jugs, cups, and watering cans.
We experimented and problem solved with different types of containers but decided they were too small or not suitable for the type of play they wanted.
The children had great fun doing this and were engaged in their play for a long time.
The children continued this play into the garden, but this time they used the puddles and mud kitchen resources to explore their pouring, filing and emptying in a bigger scale.
We put on our puddle suits and got stuck in. It was great fun had by all.
Following on from our theme of “When I grow up” from book week, the children in the home room have been role playing different jobs and roles they want to do when they are older exploring real life situations through their imagination and role play experiences.
Developing mark making and early writing skills. R and E are ”doing my homework” E discussed that her brother does his home work when he comes in from school. ”I will do that when I go to school too”
R – ”I’m the teacher, I’m reading a story to the boys and girls”
L – ”I work on the computer and we need to answer the phone, it’s really busy!”
S – ”I’m in the doctors you need to wait for your appointment and then the doctor makes you better with medicine”
Today in the Home Room the children were delighted to make playdough. They decided to make green and yellow playdough which smelt of “lovely lemons”. The children were very creative using pretty shells, buttons and other materials to decorate their playdough. Adding props to playdough helps to support the children’s learning. They used their imaginations and produced some brilliant creations. Along with being great fun, playing with playdough helps to develop the children’s fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in their fingers which they will then use to write. The children find playdough calming but were very excited to keep their own piece throughout the day and take home with them to play with.
The children were busy this week in the garden being scientists. They decided that they wanted to make a volcano! So we got our thinking caps on and thought of all the ingredients we would need. The children worked as a team and used their problem solving skills throughout the experiment. First we poured in the baking soda then food colouring and last but not least the vinegar, which was the children’s favourite part as it was eruption time!
Science experiments for children have huge benefits. It ignites their natural curiosity, develops problem solving skills and introduces new language through discussion.
In the discovery room we are continuing to learn about pattern and Diwali.
We began by creating our own rangoli pattern
The children then worked on their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination colouring in patterns while trying to stay in the line. They choose some lovely bright colours to celebrate the festival of light.
Using loose parts we followed the lines around the pattern and created our own design.
We learned a lot during Diwali and had great fun designing our Rangoli pattern. Did you celebrate Diwali at home this year? If you did we would like to see how you celebrated.