We have have had a special visitor today. Santa came to the Centre and left lovely presents for all the children, which can be collected when the children leave at the end of the day or at lunch time. Also the children have been making gingerbread biscuits and hopefully will get time to decorate them before taking them home. As this is my last blog before Christmas may we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This week the children are busy singing their Christmas carols for their concert on Thursday. In the home corner we have been making green glitter playdough with tinsel hidden inside which was the children’s idea. Also the children wanted to make chocolate crispies and they made them with rice snaps and milk chocolate-‘Yummy’.
Today we have been putting up the Christmas trees and everyone has had lots of fun putting on the lights and decorating the trees. The children have also been singing Christmas songs such as ‘Jingle Bells’, We wish you a merry Christmas’ and ‘Away in a Manger’.
Lots of fun and excitement in the centre today with our children who love singing.
We continued with our theme from last week ‘Ada Twist Scientist’ and have encouraged the children to experiment with oil, coloured water, vinegar and baking soda. The children mixed the oil and water and observed that the substances did not mix. The vinegar and baking soda experiments gave the children a surprise. They discovered that they have a strong reaction when mixed together – an explosion. The children had a most enjoyable time asking lots of questions and most of all having fun.
This week is book week scotland and we are focusing on the book ‘Ada Twist Scientist’ by Andrea Beaty. Ada is a very curious girl who wants to know why things happen. Recently a large spider came into the Family Centre and the children wanted to know why the spider had come in.
The children were made aware of different types of insects and what they eat. They were then aware that dropping food on the floor attracts flies and as spiders eat flies the spider had come in to the centre to eat the flies.
The children then were given specimens of insects to examine and made representations of them with playdough. The very curious children had lots of fun looking at the insect specimens and making playdough models.
Science in action! Play allows the child to research.