The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.
Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.
They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.
Some of the children preferred to use their hands.
E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.
“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”
“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”
Due to the windy weather the children have shown a great interest in kites, they began by creating their own kites. We investigated what materials to use to make our kites fly. The children decided that paper and string would work best.
We worked hard to design our kites with great success they began to fly.
With all the interest in kites we decided to take our learning to the next level by introducing our very own Cart Mill kite.
We went onto the grassy field beside the nursery, for this kite we needed a bigger space to let our kite soar high in the sky, we had a great time running and jumping high trying to catch the coloured tail of our kite.
It was flying so high in the sky.
This has been a great learning experience for our children, developing many skills in the process.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the kites the children have brought home. On the next windy day maybe your children can show you how to make a kite.
A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.
The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!
WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?
Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?
1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.
They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.
Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.
The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.
Today in the garden the children have been developing their knowledge of 2D shapes. We were discussing the number of sides and corners each shape has. We were focussing on squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. The children then made the shapes out of stones and correctly counted the number of sides for each shape.
Some of the children were playing with elastic bands which is very good for developing their fine motor skills and great fun too! They realised they could make different shapes using the bands!
Our children have shown an interest in minibeasts over the last week.
We read our book all about minibeasts and the children were able to identify the ones they recognised such as grasshopper and dragonfly.
We were able to use the information we had read in our minibeasts book and compare it to our minibeast chart. We asked questions such as “What colour is it? How many legs does it have? Does it have wings?” to collect information and match each minibeast to the correct picture on our chart.
We used our magnifying glass to have a closer look at the features of our minibeasts. We counted how many legs each minibeast had and recorded our information on a chart we made.
We then sorted our minibeasts into a group that had 6 legs and a group that had wings. Brilliant investigating children!
We were so lucky to spot a beautiful butterfly at Forest school!