Yesterday the children enjoyed their own mini games which started them talking about various sports that they all take part in. Running races, jumping, bike racing, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, football, golf to name a few.
This led to talk about the Olympics being held over the next couple of weeks in Tokyo, Japan. Some children asked what the Olympics were. Through discussions with staff, they learned that the Olympics were held every 4 years with people from countries all over the world taking part in lots of different sports to win medals for their country.
The children watched some of the Opening Ceremony from London 2012 with great interest and tried to guess the countries from their flags, as well as watching the ceremony where the medals are awarded.
After their mini games some of the children asked if they could make their own little medals. They found some gold, silver and a bronze coloured shiny paper and some ribbon. They glued the shiny paper onto some card, cut out a circle and attached some ribbon.
S’s medal goes over her head like the one on the screen.
C shows her silver medal off with pride.
Who knows we may have a future olympian here at Cartmill.
Taking part in sports helps to keep our bodies fit and healthy and improves our general health and wellbeing.
Our boys and girls had lots of fun in our garden today further developing their gross motor skills. They collected lots of different materials and chose their favourite colour of paints to create their artwork.
The children chose lots of different sized brushes so that we could see the different marks they would make on our screen. We made lots of big sweeping movements with our large brushes and tiny little movements with our small brushes.
The children chose to paint some shells and pine cones which they then pressed and rolled onto the screen to see the beautiful patterns they made.
We mixed lots of our colours together and made “rainbow patterns”. The children discovered that when they mixed the blue, orange and green paint together it turned brown!
“It looks like waves on the sea”
”It’s a rainbow snake”
We had lots of fun using the rollers. We stretched up really high and crouched down really low!
Of course the best fun of all was painting our hands and making lots of handprint patterns. We made lots of squiggles, lines and wrote our names with our fingers.
Today in the toddler room we have been practising using our gross motor skills by balancing, jumping, kicking,throwing and catching a ball. By developing these skills we are encouraging confidence, hand to eye co ordination, taking turns and celebrating the achievements of others whilst enjoying the fresh air and having fun 😁