The children were exploring different textures in the water tray today. We had some gooey red jelly and bicarbonate of soda fizzy ice as well as some fluffy frozen shaving foam.
The children loved feeling the different textures. They were able to use great descriptive words. They could see the bicarbonate ‘bubble’ when it came in contact with the jelly. The ice was SO cold and the shaving foam was like ‘snow’. Then one child said “it’s a big iceberg!” We all watched the iceberg float around our jelly sea before it slowly melted.
This morning the children set up an experiment to explore the effects different materials would have on ice “It’s cold” .
They added room temperature water, salt and bicarbonate of soda to separate bowls of ice and guessed what would happen. “It melts with salt because one day my Mum put salt on ice and it melt so fast” .
We used counters to record what we thought, “soda will melt”.
The children watched and waited to see what would happen “it’s melting and filling up, it might go over”
The children used descriptive language to explain what they saw “the purple one is bumpy” and “The green one is smooth”.
The water melted the ice fastest today but the salt was a close second.
The children in the toddler room enjoyed making festive wreaths. This gave them the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills using the scissors to cut out the materials and spreading with the glue sticks.
The children showed great creativity by designing their own unique wreath and were very proud of their artwork.
The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.
This week in the literacy area we have been talking about letters! We shared what we know about letters with each other and discussed different ways we could learn more.
Some children were interested in writing letters so we provided lots of learning opportunities for them to explore writing letters in different materials. As usual we have got a little messy at times but that’s all part of the fun!
The children went for a walk into a magical fairy world today. They wanted to make a new world in the garden where a magical wizard and a scary dragon lived. The King and Queen of the land lived high above the garden, watching over their kingdom. The children thought the dragon should live in a big volcano with a lava river. We used some of our plants in the garden to make a deep, dark forest to keep the dragon away from the King and Queen. The castle was made from beautiful flowers that were pink and yellow and white. Everything was happy in the garden until one day the dragon decided to cross the lava river… Now the children had to decide, did the King and Queen live happily ever after?
Children have a natural desire to explore and experiment. “Gloop” is an interesting mixture with a unique texture and is a fabulous sensory and science experience for children to help them learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid are. It also offer children the opportunity for exploring mark making and pattern as they explore new materials other than pen and paper and use their fingers to create marks, lines, and shapes.
Later they added different paint colours into the gloop. The children wanted to see how one colour change to another colour when it was mixed together and predicted what colour they may see before it happened.