Today the children explored with the playdough exercising their fine motor skills and developing their hand and eye co-ordination making their own creations. They had very good concentration skills.
The children had a variety of resources to choose from to create and develop their skills.
Our favourite today was using the spaghetti and threading the different coloured beads
The children then began to compare their creations using mathematical language , tall, small, big, long and short to describe each others’.
“I have lots of small ones”
Today in the toddler room we have been learning all about St. Andrews day and how it’s celebrated, we decided to create our very own tartan, the children did this by using cars and rollers and dipping them in different colours of paint. Here are some of the children’s great work.
We watched a lovely story on the the laptop about St. Andrews day, the children found out that St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.
We finished the day off listening to some Scottish music and doing ceilidh dancing, we had lots of fun and used up lots of energy!
The children are very excited as it’s nearly Halloween 👻. Today we listened to a story about Pumpkin Jack, a boy who had a Halloween pumpkin. After Halloween he put the pumpkin in the garden and over time the pumpkin began to rot away into the ground. The following year he watched a stalk grow from the ground and the leaves got bigger and bigger and a new pumpkin grew and was ready to use again for another Halloween.
The children had a look at our own pumpkins. We had different sizes, shapes and colours. We discussed how some were heavier than others, the smaller ones were bumpy and rough and the bigger ones were smooth and soft. The pumpkins felt cold and smelled like “pumpkins and witches“.
The children then designed their own pumpkin pictures This helped develop their creativity and fine motor skills using our art resources. They were able to choose their own art materials to create great pumpkin pictures. Well done.
Next week we are going to open the pumpkins and look inside!!!!. What do you think we will discover?
We have been having great fun in our garden today, the children have been super busy playing together, cooking up a storm in our mud kitchen. We have some delicious soup made from a mixture of water, mud, acorns , grass and leaves.
“It needs to go in the oven, will be 5 minutes”
”Mix all together”
”Empty the mud in”
The mud kitchen is a very popular area in our garden, it is an exciting, messy and creative area to play. The children experience sensory and imaginative play as well as developing numeracy, science, interaction and communication skills. I wonder what they will make next time!
Loose parts are real objects/ ordinary things that can be used or manipulated in different ways. Adding loose parts to the play dough play will enrich and expand the children’s creativity, improve their fine motor skills along with hand eye co ordination and problem solving.
After helping to make the play dough. The children explored the different objects and discovered different ways they could use them.
Their play evolved from sticking the feathers into the play dough to make birds, to stuffing the play dough into the pots and adding some lolly sticks and dolly pegs to create a rocket ship. We then incorporated some counting into the play. Counting forward to 10 and backwards from 10 as our rockets blasted off into space.
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 …. blast off 💥
“My rocket is going to space”
”I’m going to french fry planet”
Today in the Studio Room we were using our creative skills to make our massive art piece.
First we selected the colours we wanted to use.
Then we picked our paper and used the floor as our canvas.
We picked the tools we wanted to experiment with and got our paint ready to use.
All the children had so much fun having the large space to express their creative arts, we used our mark making skills to make unique and wonderful marks. We used both our fine and gross motor skills to complete our masterpiece.
The children decided to use their hands and feet to gain a whole sensory experience.
We have very happy children in our Studio Room, engaging fully in their learning.
Maybe we have some future artists here in our Studio.
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.
“I want to be a baker”
“I want to be a doctor”
“I want to be a painter”
“I want to be a princess”
In the toddler room we have been feeling very spooky! We have been exploring different materials to create different pieces of arts and crafts..
Exploring the spider web to discover what lies beneath. Using pincers to develop our fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
The children have been discovering what marks we can make in our play dough using spooky collage materials
Ghostly glueing. Exploring glue and developing hand eye coordination and using our fine motor skills.
Spooky spiders using play dough great for developing fine motor skills and enhancing hand eye coordination.
This week in the Studio room the children have shown an interest in using every day recycled materials to make their own models.
We discussed what materials we would need to make the robots.
“We need glue and paint”
“We could use these sponges and brushes to paint them”
They decided to make Robots using “big” and “small” cardboard boxes and selected their own paints and materials such as sponges and paint brushes to paint their boxes.
” We chose orange and blue and green paint”
“We are going to glue heads on our robots”
When the boxes were dry the children glued them together to create their robots and decorated them using “sparkly gems” .
Junk modelling is a great way to provide our children with opportunities to develop their imagination and problem solving skills.
We are looking for more bits n bobs to add to our collection that you may have at home :
- Bottle lids
- Cereal Boxes
- Cardboard boxes
- Kitchen roll tube
- Shoe Boxes
- Yoghurt pots