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Crunchy Fruit Cups!

Today the children decided they would make something new and a little different. They looked through our ingredients and chose what they wanted to use.

“I think we could use Cornflakes I know they taste good, I have them for my breakfast”.

“What about some cherries, they are my favourite fruit and my favourite colour , red”.

“Yogurt is nice I have that for my lunch.”

“Raisins are my favourite, I want to use them.”

“ I like syrup it is sweet I want to. Put that into my cake.”

Everyone got to work crunching up the corn flakes using rolling pins. Then it was time to put our cornflakes into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of syrup. “Only a little it’s not good for your teeth.”

“mix, mix mix”

The children carefully cut up their cherries using their fantastic fine motor skills.  “1,2,3,4,5 I have 5 cherries”

Next it was time to add two tablespoons of raisins and mix it all together.  “It’s a bit sticky” I will need to wash my hands after this.”

Finally, they then transferred the mixture to paper cases and added a tablespoon of dairy free yogurt.

“ I need more yogurt .” “ I think the cakes will taste yummy!”

It was time to put them  into the freezer to set . The children worked well together and demonstrated good use of mathematical language, for example more and less.  They also used lots descriptive language such as bumpy, crunchy, sticky. The children noticed that the texture of the yogurt  changed after it came out of the freezer.

“It’s cold and hard now”

The children are so excited to finally taste their Crunchy Fruit Cups! Fabulous work everyone, well done!

Water mixtures!

Today in the garden the children had great fun at the water area! They used the hose to fill up bottles and jugs! They each added a different colour of food colouring to their water using pipettes to see what happened! This helps to develop their fine motor skills.

“The water is all blue!”

”My water has all orange swirls!”

The children thought it would be fun to mix colours together! They added the blue food colouring to the orange water!
”Its turned green!!!”

The blue food colouring was added to the red! “It’s made purple!!!”

The children then just had fun pouring all the  different coloured water into different jugs and tubs and finding out what colours they could make!
“They all make brown!!”

What amazing colour mixing and colour recognition!

🍊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 🙌🏻