In the Toddler Room the children love to make play dough. Today we decided to try a different recipe. The children helped to make some this morning and they had fun exploring its texture and scent. They said it smelt like strawberries.
Have fun trying this at home. Here’s what you need to make Silky Playdough:-
1 Cup of Cornflour
1 Cup of Hair Conditioner
Mix the cornflour and the conditioner in a bowl. If its too sticky add more cornflour, too crumbly add more conditioner. The play dough should be soft and ‘squidgy’.
The children added glitter giving their play dough a little bit of sparkle. You can add anything to it. Try buttons or beads to enhance their fine motor skills.
Today in the Home Room the children were delighted to make playdough. They decided to make green and yellow playdough which smelt of “lovely lemons”. The children were very creative using pretty shells, buttons and other materials to decorate their playdough. Adding props to playdough helps to support the children’s learning. They used their imaginations and produced some brilliant creations. Along with being great fun, playing with playdough helps to develop the children’s fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in their fingers which they will then use to write. The children find playdough calming but were very excited to keep their own piece throughout the day and take home with them to play with.
You will have seen from the November Newsletter that next week is Book Week Scotland. As this year’s theme is the future, we ordered a time capsule that we are going to bury in the nursery garden and we’d like all the children in the centre to contribute to this.
After reading “When I Grow Up” The children have drawn a black pen drawing of what they would like to be in the future so we can then add them to the time capsule.
Our children had lots of fun today in our garden using their wonderful imaginations to create an amazing house using our wooden blocks.
“It’s a beautiful house”
They worked together as a team to discuss where to place their blocks to make their house.
“This one is a bit heavy.” “We all worked together.”
The children discussed that “There’s lots of toys in a real house” so off they went to find some toys to put in their house.
Block play is a wonderful way of allowing children the freedom to explore, be creative and use their imaginations. Our children demonstrated great problem solving skills and teamwork when creating their house. They compared the sizes of the blocks and discussed how heavy they were to lift and how to balance them on top of each other. There was also lots of discussion of walking on the “uppers and downers” carefully so that they didn’t fall off! “Like we be careful on our stairs at home”.
We have continued our enjoyment with fireworks today in the toddler room where the children helped make playdough in the colour of the night sky. We added different colours of glitter to represent the sparkles from the fireworks with pipe cleaners and shredded paper to make their own fireworks .
They made edible sparklers using breadsticks, icing sugar and colour sprinkles. Wow… how yummy!
The children enjoyed sparkly mark making as they drew their own catherine wheels and made their own colourful firework pictures.
This week the toddlers have been exploring the shapes, colours and noise that fireworks make. The toddlers had fun using fluorescent paint to make their own firework picture .The paint was “squishy”. The toddlers also had fun making the noise of fireworks this was very loud!!!