The children have been exploring the story “Owl babies” throughout the family center this week. Today the children choice to extend their learning through creating their own owl babies using clay and loose parts of their choice. The children used their imagination and new knowledge of owls to create their beautiful models which are now on display at the entrance to the 3-5 room.
We have started early celebrations in the Studio for St. Andrew’s day. The children began creating a Scottish theme for our sensory tray by making Scottish flags using resources that have different textures.
On our arts and crafts table the children explored the patterns of different tartans and experimented with weaving to create their own tartans.
Continuing our spooky Halloween theme in the studio, children decided to create their very own spiders with clay. Children chose the modelling clay to create their masterpieces. They were fascinated by its cold, firm texture and commented how hard it was to “squish it” compared to play dough. They touched it and squeezed it for little while till it became warmer and much more malleable.
Clay is one of the best media for young children to work with because of the easiness to achieve results and the open ended sculptural possibilities of things to create with it. Children chose pipe cleaners , pine cons, lollipop sticks and eyes to create their spiders. Clay is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills. This particular experience helped children to develop their knowledge of the world by talking about spiders and their body shape, number of legs,habitats etc.
Children have been exploring clay in the studio since last week. They have been intrigued to explore clay’s texture. Children learned to squeeze, roll, pull and push the clay which helps develops their large and small muscles. Clay has numerous benefits for children’s development for example; playing with clay fosters eye-hand coordination, builds attention span, builds vocabulary – pound pinch, roll, poke, stretch and so on. Children also beginning to tell stories with clay pieces.
Today at Cart Mill the children were super excited to create their own farm outdoors. First they collected the resources for the farm and then they talked about all the animals they saw when they visited the farm during the holidays. One child was quite excited about the cow as he told his friends that he knows how to milk the cow. We also talked about what different animals like to eat and where they like to live. This conversation led to children talking about their favourite food and where they live. Some children shared their experience of feeding animals on the farm.
We have an exciting new addition in our outdoor area this week and the children have been developing their gross motor skills on the climbing wall. Climbing is an excellent support which brings many amazing benefits to children and among these benefits are increasing strength and flexibility in children’s development. It also builds confidence and self esteem while improving hand, feet and eye coordination . Climbing is great to develop communication and listening skills as well as relieving stress.