It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!
While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.
We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.
We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.
We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!
We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!
The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.
The children made some labels for their pots.
We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.
We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!
Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?
Our children have had lots of fun developing their mark making skills this week!
We decided to use some shaving foam “because it was all fluffy and smelled nice” and the children collected lots of different materials to see what marks and pattens they could make.
We used some of the branches from our Christmas Tree, pine cones, lollipop sticks and our fingers to see the different marks each made.
The children thought the Christmas tree made the best marks.
We decided to add some “sparkles” and colour to our foam to see what would happen.
We had lots of fun swirling and mixing our foam and “it turned pink. It’s my favourite” Some of the children practised writing their names and numbers in the foam. The children thought the Christmas tree looked like “a strawberry ice cream”.
We had lots of fun drawing patterns on the ground and following them until we reached the end “X marks the spot!” Do you like our “colourful rainbow?”
We were so happy to see the snow in our garden. Our toddlers had so much fun mark making using their feet. Our dinosaurs came out to play too!
It’s been a busy couple of days in our garden and we have had so much fun using so many different materials to practise our marvellous mark making skills!
Why don’t you practise your marvellous mark making at home? We would love you to share them with us.
The children have been really enjoying playing with the dinosaurs. They created a dinosaur land out of the big blocks for the dinosaurs to stomp around. Some of the children managed to put all the dinosaurs into size order starting with the biggest down to the smallest. They made ramps for the dinosaurs to stomp along, a longer ramp for the bigger dinosaurs and a shorter ramp for the smaller dinosaurs. The children made some great dinosaur roars and did some great big dinosaur stomps!! Roar!!
This morning the boys and girls had lots of fun working together to make some delicious strawberry scented angel delight play dough.
First we poured in the angel delight ingredients
The added a cup full of water
And a cup of cornflour
Then we use our gross motor skills to mix mix mix
As you can see the boys and girls showed great turn taking skills.
Here is our finished product, the boys and girls were very happy with it, we had fun rolling, squeezing, flattening and poking the play dough. We also used natural resources to create patterns using our fine motor and co ordination skills.
“I’ve made a pattern, it goes shell then pine cone then shell”
I would like to invite you all to our Google Classroom this week where you will find lots of learning at home experiences. that have planned by your child’s key worker. There are stories, music, french, art and lots more.
We also have toddler learning at home experiences so please join us on Google Classroom.