At together time in the studio this week, the children have been exploring the letters and sounds in their names. They have been using and developing their confidence in mark making skills to copy the letters from their names on our large whiteboard in the studio.
The children displayed good fine motor control to scribe the letters of their first names.
The children have been gaining new mark making skills, developing their fine motor skills and learning how to hold a pen correctly. Opportunities for mark making help children to prepare for writing and develops their handwriting skills.
We have been learning a little bit about Chinese New Year. We learned that this year Chinese New Year begins on 12th February and that celebrations take place for 16 days. It is the most important holiday in China, but it is also celebrated by people all around the world. We enjoyed learning all about the Lantern Festival which takes place at the end of the celebrations. We looked at lots of lovely photographs of the lanterns and decided to make some of our own!
Although traditional Chinese lanterns were red to symbolise fire, good fortune and joy, and gold to symbolise wealth, they can also be all different shapes, colours and sizes. We decided to choose our favourite colours and worked really hard to decorate our lanterns to make them nice and colourful.
We used our excellent fine motor skills to fold and cut our paper, it was a little tricky!
Then it was time to carefully glue our paper to make our lantern shape. We had to be very careful not to rip our paper!
We wondered how we would carry our lanterns? We used our problem solving skills and carefully cut some paper and decided to use more glue to stick it onto the top of our lanterns to make a handle. Well done boys and girls!
Our lanterns were finished! Don’t they look amazing!
It was a bit of a gloomy day in our garden today but we decided to go outside and have some fun anyway!
While we were playing, the children chatted about things we could do to brighten up our garden. We thought that some plants and flowers might add some lovely colour! As it’s still cold and not very sunny, we decided to plant something that would grow quickly and wouldn’t need a lot of sunshine.
We had a look through our packets of seeds and found some cress! We read the packet and discovered we could plant it any time of the year, it wouldn’t need sunshine to grow and most importantly we could taste some to see if we like it! The children thought the cress would be fun to grow because it “looks like little trees”.
We had a look at our seeds and they were so tiny! We had to be so careful not to drop them. We found some plastic cups so we thought that we would recycle them and use them for our “plant pots”.
We decided to investigate what our cress would need to help it grow. We had a look at some pictures and saw that some people plant their cress in soil and some put it onto cotton wool! The children thought this was very funny. We decided to carry out our own experiment and plant some in soil and some on cotton wool and then watch them to see which one grows the fastest!
We had lots of fun collecting our soil and getting a little bit muddy!
The children made a fantastic job of carefully placing their seeds in the soil and onto the cotton wool. Then we added a little water to help them grow.
The children made some labels for their pots.
We decided it was too cold for our cress outside so we took them inside where it was warm and cozy.
We can’t wait to see which of our cress grows the fastest!
Which one do you think it will be boys and girls, soil or cotton wool?
Today in our garden we were exploring different Christmas experiences..
The children were using different materials to create some transient art Christmas trees, developing their fine motor skills by practicing Christmas words in the rice and exploring different sized and shaped pine cones and counting them out.
They selected different coloured materials to create decorations on their Christmas trees.
They also worked together to count out the different sized pine cones. Great teamwork!
D was able to copy the word ”Elf” by using his mark-making and fine motor skills to create the letters in the rice!
I wonder what other fun Christmas experiences we will explore throughout the week.
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.
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.