Today in the studio room and outdoors the children have been super creative, taking part in helicopter stories. We sat down in a small group and went round the circle, allowing each child to have a go and share their brilliant stories. After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. We used materials to help us get in to character while we acted out some of the stories. The children had so much fun participating!
Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the adult. There are such great benefits, some being :
~Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life
~Creates confidence and self-assurance
~Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas
~Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience
~Facilitates high levels of engagement
Here are some of the children’s fantastic stories!
This week in the studio room the children have been super creative. They have shown an interest in our music area with all the different musical instruments there are. Some of the children asked if we would be able to create our very own! So that is exactly what we did, we decided on rainbow shakers. The children choose a variety of loose parts to put inside the bottles and then used their fine motor skills to get the string through the hole.
The children the next day were asking lots of questions on how to play the musical instruments. So we had a wee discussion and used the smart board to show examples of musical note sheets. They decided they’d like the make their own so we did!
It is active April this month and the boys and girls have had lots of fun today in our garden taking part in a variety of active experiences.
We have been having lots of fun on the obstacle course that the boys and girls built.
“I am good at balancing”
Then we had a game of hopscotch
We played a throwing and catching game
“I threw the ball so high”
”I caught it”
Then we had lots of fun hopping, jumping, skipping and running in the garden, super good listening skills and brilliant at following instructions.
Today the children were super creative and made their very own banjos!
We gathered all the resources needed and got started. Music ignites all areas of child development so why not create our own musical instruments to play.
First we glued the lollipop sticks together then coloured and decorated them.
“I’m going to make it a rainbow”
Then we painted the lids
“I’ve painted it my favourite colour”
Lastly we used elastic bands to put around the lids.
The children’s end product! Fantastic!
”this sounds cool”
There are many benefits to making your own musical instruments, some of them include:
- Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
- Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
- Rhythm and coordination
- Fine and gross motor development
The boys and girls have been super busy today making drums! They have really been enjoying playing the musical instruments in our music area, that we decided to be creative and make our own drums.
First the boys and girls painted the tins
Then we cut the ends off the balloons and covered the top of the tin
Then placed an elastic band to keep it sturdy
There you go, fantastic diy drums.
There are so many learning benefits for making your own homemade musical instruments.
Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
Improves listening skills
Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
Rhythm and coordination
Fine and gross motor development
Let’s make music!
The children were having great fun this afternoon leaf painting. We went outside to our garden to collect a variety of leaves.
Once all of the leaves were collected they got started, we used our fine motor and creative skills to dip the leafs into the paint and then print them onto the paper.
The children were experimenting with mixing colours together, using their problem solving skills to mix the paint and create another colour.
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”
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.
The children enjoyed exploring creative messy arts this week outdoors. We used shaving foam and powder paint, creating lots of different patterns using the rakes. This experience helps develop the children’s large muscle control and hand eye co-ordination. Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. The children pointed out all the different patterns they had great fun making.
“I’ve made waves in the ocean”
“I made lots of squiggly lines”
We used large rolls of craft paper and cello taped it to the walls and used tubs of paint, allowing the children to dip their large paint brushes into the paint and have great fun being creative. The children were using their gross motor skills, strengthening their arm muscles and learning how to use everyday tools.
We then looked at all the colours of paint mixed together at the end and if they could see any patterns.
“Look at all the colours mixed together”
“Looks like a peacocks tail”
The boys and girls showed an interest in autumn and were talking about all the the different colours of leaves on the trees. The children asked if they could make their own autumn tree.
So we decided to use natural resources to paint our tree. The boys and girls were using their fine motor skills, using the sticks and pinecones to create their beautiful tree.
“Look at all the colours, my favourite is the yellow leafs”
“I’m drawing the branches on the tree with the stick”