The children were super busy today in the construction area building different sized towers, which they decided to measure using a measuring stick. They worked together to compare the different heights of their buildings, developing their mathematical language and concepts ” tallest and smallest”.
They had so much fun measuring their buildings they decided to measure each other.
After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.
During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.
Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’
We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath ‘smooth’
Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size ‘else it will wobble’
We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’
Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’
We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.
Playing with our beautiful new table ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’
The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’
Today in the discovery room, the children have been exploring shapes in the loose parts and numeracy area. Our learning intention is to be able to identify 2D and some 3D shapes and construct models using them.
The children have particularly shown interest in our magnetic shapes using them to construct their own 3D models and have also took an interest in using loose parts to follow the outline of our large shapes and beginning to identify them.
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!