It has been a very busy morning making easter nests . Firstly, we broke the chocolate so it would melt easily . Then we noticed this made the chocolate go all ‘smooth’ and very hot. Next, we were very careful when adding the shredded wheat. Finally, we spooned the mixture into paper cases and each child decorated their own nest.
Music and Art share similar principals such as pattern, rhythm, balance and emphasis.
Children were listening to the music then began to paint.
They were showing their emotions and thoughts through painting. At the same time they were demonstrating developmental fine and gross motor coordination, creative expression through visual art and production.
Different colours represent the children in terms of mood and energy, and they can use music to give them creative inspiration for future painting sessions.
“I made patterns with paint and I really enjoyed it.”
“Fireworks and cracking eggs, it was fast and dancey.”
“I can tap my fingers with a pompom and paint.”
“Colours makes me happy, Orange colour for Orange tangerine, green for cucumber and red for tomato.”
“It’s a Chinese dragon.”
“I am a rock star.”
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.
Today in the toddler room the children were baking gingerbread houses. Firstly, they weighed out the ingredients to make the gingerbread. Everyone loved the smell of the ginger and the nutmeg!! “It smells spicey!” We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl and poured it into the baking trays. Once the gingerbread was ready the children used their concentration skills to decorate the house using icing, adding sprinkles and sweeties! We had a taste at snack time at said it was YUMMY!!
Today the children have been learning about St. Patrick and how we celebrate his special day on the 17th of March. We decided to make some Irish food to try and decided to make some Irish soda bread. This gave the children opportunities to learn different baking methods.
“I’m measuring out the flour”.
“i’m going to get the right amount on this spoon”.
“I’m good at kneading the bread”.
“It’s so yummy”.
The children have been enjoying the gingerbread man story and today they have baked their own gingerbread men. They enjoyed measuring and weighing all the ingredients and giving it a good mix. They then used the cutters to make the shape and placed them on the baking tray to go in the oven. Everyone is looking forward to decorating and taking them home tomorrow.
This week the children have been talking about the gingerbread man. We read the story and the children decided that they wanted to bake their own. We looked on the computer for the recipe and together we chose the perfect one. The children enjoyed creating their own gingerbread men.
We started off by measuring out the ingredients.
“300 is a lot of flour”
We then combined them all together in a bowl and mixed them.
“I’m using my big strong muscles to mix the ingredients”
We then measured out the perfect amount of butter.
“This is a lot of butter”
Once we had made a dough we rolled it out flat.
“I’m rolling it”
We then used our cutters to cut out our gingerbread men shapes
“Mine is going to be the biggest”
Once our gingerbread men were cooked and had cooled down, we decorated them.
“i’m putting buttons on my one”
“I just want icing on mine”