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.
Today the toddlers thought that porridge would be a yummy snack. They helped to measure out the oats and milk and all gave it a good stir. We then watched it cook “it got very hot”. The toddlers then chopped up some banana to add into their bowls of porridge. This was a “delicious “ snack they all agreed .
This afternoon the children had great fun working together in the construction area using the building blocks to build their house. They were discussing with each other which shapes and sizes of blocks would be best to build their house. The children were developing their social and communication skills using problem solving, enquiry based learning as well as working as part of a team.
“Let’s use the big building blocks”
“We need to use our hammers to make sure it doesn’t fall down”
We had such great fun all working together as a team to build our house, the boys decided to expand it and turn it into a castle.
The boys and girls were looking around the forest floor at all the leaves and seeds that had started to fall to the ground. Everywhere we looked we found leaves that were green, yellow, orange and brown. The boys and girls began to see patterns in the shape of the leaves, then they decided that they could make their own patterns. They set to work gathering lots of different leaves and acorns and used them to make some lovely nature patterns!
Today the children had fun working together to build a bridge that would get them across the “river” to safety using the building blocks. The children chose different sized blocks and discussed with one another what shapes and sizes would be best to build their bridge. This displayed brillant problem solving skills as well as working as part of a team using their creative minds.
The children used their balancing skills while crossing over the bridge, this supported the development of their co ordination and gross motor skills.
The children had such great fun building the bridge they then decided to change it into a train track.
This week in the Discovery Playroom we have been exploring treasure! We have had great fun looking at all the different shiny containers and sorting the treasure we found!
We decided to be pirates and had to share our treasure equally to make sure we all had some.
The pirates decided they needed to protect their treasure, but how? With cannons of course! We used the big long pipes and bricks to build our cannons, filled them up and fired them off to protect our treasure, Aargh me hearties!
The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill whilst playing with water.
We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!
They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom. One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.
We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!