We have put together some ideas for literacy and numeracy learning at home this term.
These experiences build on what the children are learning in the centre.
We hope you find them useful.
Today the toddlers were busy making cereal cakes. They measured and mixed together the rice snaps, cornflakes and dried fruit. Then they added the fun ingredient! The sticky, runny honey!! We talked about how bees made honey and tried to spot some bees in the garden whilst buzzing around!! The children were excited to take their cakes home – YUMMY!!!
The children have been using their problem solving skills to design and work together to create some architecture buildings. We have also been using our imagination with the blocks to create characters from our favourite movies. Some children have been exploring schematic play , through using the blocks to enclose items they have gathered in the Family Centre.
Architects, builders beware – check out what the Cartmill children have been up to……………..they even tidy up after themselves 😁😁😁
Well done for using the tools safely
The boys understand the routine of the nursery and tidied up when they had finished.
It has been a very busy morning making easter nests . Firstly, we broke the chocolate so it would melt easily . Then we noticed this made the chocolate go all ‘smooth’ and very hot. Next, we were very careful when adding the shredded wheat. Finally, we spooned the mixture into paper cases and each child decorated their own nest.
Over the last few weeks the children have been very busy preparing to open their own coffee shop. A group of children visited Costa Coffee to explore the kinds of things we would need. We had a tasting test to see what kind of tea we would like to sell, and decided on blackcurrant and peppermint along with coffee and everybody’s favourite hot chocolate!
The children also wanted to make some yummy cakes to sell. We made these from a variety of art and craft materials and we all agreed they looked good enough to eat!
We have had great fun this week visitng our coffee shop and taking on the different roles of customers and waiters. We have been taking orders in our notebooks, and serving drinks and food to our friends.
Today in the toddler room the children were baking gingerbread houses. Firstly, they weighed out the ingredients to make the gingerbread. Everyone loved the smell of the ginger and the nutmeg!! “It smells spicey!” We enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl and poured it into the baking trays. Once the gingerbread was ready the children used their concentration skills to decorate the house using icing, adding sprinkles and sweeties! We had a taste at snack time at said it was YUMMY!!
The children have been enjoying the gingerbread man story and today they have baked their own gingerbread men. They enjoyed measuring and weighing all the ingredients and giving it a good mix. They then used the cutters to make the shape and placed them on the baking tray to go in the oven. Everyone is looking forward to decorating and taking them home tomorrow.