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🍊Fruity water play 🍋

Last week the children showed a keen interest in making their smoothies so today  we explored fruit slices in the water.

The children helped to slice up the fruit learning how to use the knife safely.  Once we started cutting into the fruit the children noticed how the fruit smelled.

“The orange smells fruity and sweet can we eat it”

“The lemon smells fresh”

“This lime smells sour”

We squeezed some of the fruit into the bowl.

The children had great fun squeezing, pouring, filling and creating  their own fruit juice and also exploring volume and capacity at the same time.

“I am going to make orange juice for everyone”

“I’ve made some orange juice”

“Mine smells yummy”

“CHEERS!!”

 

Do it yourself dough

In the Home Room we are learning to make our own play dough by ourselves.

We gather our own materials to make the dough, a bowl, a spoon and a cup for measuring.

We collect the flour bowl and using our spoon we fill up the cup until it’s full.

We pour the flour into the bowl, then collect the salt bowl.

We add 5 tablespoons of salt to our bowl and mix.

We collect the oil and a 1 tablespoon of oil to the bowl.

Slowly we add a little warm water to our bowl and mix.

We keep mixing until our dough sticks together.

(if our dough is too sticky we add some flour and mix, if our dough is too dry and crumbly we add a little more water and mix)

Once our dough sticks together we put in our hands and need the dough.

Its then ready to tip out of our bowl and onto the table.

We are learning to follow instructions and develop our independence skills. We are learning to measure out ingredients and follow a recipe. Some children are scaffolding their own learning  and assisting the younger children with each step.

The children are now accessing this area in the playroom independently and are even cleaning up their own dishes once they have finished playing.

And most of all they are having so much fun making their own dough!

Measuring Fun

In the garden the children had a great time using both standard and non standard units to measure the length and width of all sorts of items around the garden before practicing their literacy skills by recording  their findings.

They decided to measure themselves by drawing  a line with chalk on the wall and measure from it giving us their “exact” height.

They measured the length of their obstacle course.

Some of the children were delighted to be 7 blocks tall.

I think we might even have an architect in the making.

 

Filling and pouring fun

Some of the children had great fun developing their fine motor skills pouring and filling warm water (to try to keep our hands warm – it didn’t last long)

We used different sized measuring scoops, jugs, bowls and our very own home made scales.

The girls enjoyed the challenge of predicting whether their chosen item would float or sink

“it sinks because it’s heavy”

“It sinked to the bottom “

Balancing the scale took great concentration, well done girls you managed it 🙌🏻

We love measuring!

During Maths Week Scotland the children were measuring each other and helped to create a height chart. We used comparative language to discuss who was the tallest, smallest and even the mediumest!

 

The children have continued their love of measuring into this week but are now interested in measuring by weight. We have been using the scales to find out which objects are the heaviest and have been further developing our maths skills by counting how many blocks we need to use to balance the scales.


L said, “This side is heavier.”   Then after adding blocks to the other side, C said,  “It’s the same now.”


L said, “The arrow is in the middle.”  C said, “It’s balanced!”

I wonder what we will measure next… 📏⚖️😄