The children’s have been exploring their imagination by using the blocks as skis. They also demonstrated great problem solving skills as they came up with different solutions to allow them to move around the room.
The children started using the single blocks to slide their feet but were finding it difficult to move. Some children were able to push off using the furniture.
The children were engaged in their play and started using the bigger blocks as ski poles.
As the children played we watched some ski videos to inspire their thoughts.
Recently the children have been enjoying using wooden small world figures to create roleplay scenarios. This helps to fuel their creativity and extend their social skills
Roleplay is fabulous for promoting literacy skills and helps to develop language and expand thought patterns.
Over time the children have wanted to use the small world figures to tell their own stories. They have been developing their confidence through acting and performing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Roleplay and storytelling help children to explore and experiment through different scenarios, it can break down the walls of reality allowing them to explore something or someone different from themselves and it can also help them to make sense of or celebrate situations that happen in real life.
In the past, some of the children of Cartmill have taken part in Helicopter Stories (in a group setting a child makes up their own story, a teacher scribes it and reads it back to the group and then the child and their peers act it out).
This led to one of the children asking me to write down their story that they had made up with the small world figures – they wanted to share it with their family.
This first story spurred other children on and they have been asking to have their own stories recorded to take home aswell.
We have all enjoyed sharing stories with each other and hope any parents who have had some home have enjoyed them as well.
I can’t wait to see where our children’s imagination takes us next…
The toddlers have been very excited to have water play back in the garden. They have been learning to pour the water into different sized containers and were asking to have bubbles added. Some toddlers decided to water the plants in the garden as they needed a drink.
Our children enjoyed exploring our garden today and noticed that we had lots of spiders webs under our roof area.
We discussed how clever the spiders were in making their own webs and looked at the different shapes and sizes of each web. We pointed out all the lovely patterns the spiders had made.
We had a look through our books to see if we could find any other nature patterns. The children chose to look at our “Swirls in Nature” book because it had spiders webs in it and lots of other lovely swirly patterns.
We drew some swirls on paper and the children had lots of fun using natural resources such as stones, pine cones and conkers to make a swirl pattern.
We would love to see any patterns in nature you might have found!
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”