The toddlers decided they would like to make some banana cakes for their snack. Great for developing fine motor skills practice following instructions and turn taking and also introducing new words. First we mashed up our banana. “It’s squishy and cold”
Next we measured out our flour and baking powder using the scales. ” I can see the numbers going up” “I see number 3 that’s my age “
“I need to measure how much I put in”
Next comes the egg I“ you need to put two in “
Into the oven. I “ These will be tasty” I can’t wait for snack” A“I wonder if I will be able to taste the banana “ “ How long do we need to put them in for”The children were great at waiting for their turn to add the ingredients. They worked together to guess which ingredient would be added next. They were very enthusiastic about making the cakes and looking forward to seeing and tasting the finished banana cake.
Using paints that the children selected, they explored their self expression and created their own masterpieces! The children mixed colours to make new ones, discussed their works of art with their peers and explored what tools they could use. Using our hands to paint was a favourite!
Take a look at these fabulous paintings in our garden gallery!
Some comments from the children.
“I’m making a rainbow with all the colours”
“I’m painting a picture of me”
”It’s a picture for my mummy. Her favourite colour is blue”
“It’s a picture of the sky. Look at the clouds that are so big”
The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.
Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.
They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.
Some of the children preferred to use their hands.
E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.
“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”
“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”
This week in the studio room the children have been super creative. They have shown an interest in our music area with all the different musical instruments there are. Some of the children asked if we would be able to create our very own! So that is exactly what we did, we decided on rainbow shakers. The children choose a variety of loose parts to put inside the bottles and then used their fine motor skills to get the string through the hole.
The children the next day were asking lots of questions on how to play the musical instruments. So we had a wee discussion and used the smart board to show examples of musical note sheets. They decided they’d like the make their own so we did!
This morning the boys and girls had lots of fun working together to make some delicious strawberry scented angel delight play dough.
First we poured in the angel delight ingredients
The added a cup full of water
And a cup of cornflour
Then we use our gross motor skills to mix mix mix
As you can see the boys and girls showed great turn taking skills.
Here is our finished product, the boys and girls were very happy with it, we had fun rolling, squeezing, flattening and poking the play dough. We also used natural resources to create patterns using our fine motor and co ordination skills.
“I’ve made a pattern, it goes shell then pine cone then shell”