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Inspiring creations with playdough

Today in the Home room we have enjoyed spending time at the playdough station.  We have learned lots of different skills while we manipulate the dough into wonderful creations. We used a variety of loose parts to inspire our creative thought and design processes.

First we made the playdough. The children asked for purple playdough. We decided to use our colour mixing skills to make purple by mixing red and blue paint together.

“First we need blue”

“Then red”


“Look what’s happened when we mixed them together. It’s purple”

After we had made our playdough, we began to let out our imaginations flow, creating our playdough masterpieces.


“I made a sun”

”Look it’s a unicorn”

“It’s a star wars alien space ship with lasers that are flying”

“It’s a face and the dark purple is the hair”

“I’m using the stones to make a happy face”.

We have been engaging fully with our learning today, building new skills are proud to show everyone what we created.

I wonder what we will make tomorrow with the playdough?

Pumpkin Playdough!

Today, the boys and girls have been discussing Halloween and the things associated with it.
We had a look at some pumpkins online and some we had at Cart Mill. We discussed the different shapes and colours.

After discussing the pumpkins, the children decided they wanted to make their own pumpkins,  so we thought we would make some orange pumpkin playdough!

We even added in some cinnamon!

Once the playdough was made, it was time to create our own pumpkins…

Sensory Play

Today the children found a packet of marshmallows and were keen to explore and investigate them.

 

Using an iPad they researched what things they could make. We found a recipe for marshmallow playdough so we chose that.

The children measured out the marshmallows and poured some vegetable oil into a bowl.

The recipe asked for the marshmallows to be melted and the children asked how they would do this. They talked about it and used the microwave in the staff room to do this.

After 30 secs the microwave pinged and they were excited to see what the marshmallows looked like. They noticed that they had all melted but looked hot.

They brought the bowl back to the playroom and added some cornflour to the mix. Using their super muscles they took turns at mixing it.

It’s very soft
It’s sticky

The children enjoyed exploring the texture of this new play dough and by adding dried oranges and lemons added to their sensory experience.

Playdough Experts!

In the home room the children have been particularly enjoying using the playdough in different ways.


They have been following our playdough recipe and are now very confident at making it themselves.

Once the children had made the playdough they used their imagination and turned the playdough into space rockets.

”3..2..1.. blast off”

“My rocket is going to the sky”

What else could we do with our playdough? Well some of the children even decided to open their own sweet shop and sell the best chocolates!

“ Here’s your chocolate, that’s five pounds please “

 

Cart Mill’s chocolate factory!

The children have had lots of fun  exploring different sensory playdough in the home room. We have been engaging our sense of touch with crunchy and stretchy playdough, seeing what different textures we can feel with our little fingers. We have been engaging our sense of smell too! The children have loved choosing different spices to add into our playdough like cinnamon and ginger. We’ve decided our favourite is chocolate playdough! We loved role playing and making our friends “boxes of chocolates” and moulding the playdough into little pretend chocolates. We made “little choccy muffins” in the oven too, and we kept a close eye on them to make sure they didn’t burn!

What a buzzy week we have had at nursery.

The children have been showing an interest in bees. We decided to investigate what we already knew. We made a board with all our thoughts. We used books and the internet to find out new information and bee facts. Did you know bees flap there wings 190 times a second?  And that bees communicate by dancing and smelling.


We used the small world toys to play with our own bee, and create our very own story about Sunny the bee.

Next we got the shapes to make our own bee hive and we discussed the shapes made by the bees in the honeycombs inside the hive.

And today we made our own bees out of playdough and loose parts.

What a beeutifl day it was today, and we kept ourselves buzzy in our play.
Can’t wait to learn more fun facts next week.
Stay tuned for Sunny bees next adventure.

There is no Snow dough like playdough

We were experimenting today at our playdough area. We decided to make our own Snow,

We collected our ingredients of cornflour and conditioner and mixed them together to form a soft snow like dough.

We decided to use Christmas shapes to make prints in our snow dough. We even used the Christmas baubles to make our snow dough flat.

We used different gems and sparkles to create cookies that we think  Santa might like us to leave out for him when he visits us on Christmas Eve.

We had lots of fun in the Home room using our experimental thinking and creative design to make the snow dough and create all all wonderful things. We also developed our fine manipulative skills as we rolled, and transformed the dough. And selected the small materials we needed for it.

Why do you have a go at creating your own snow. What ingredients will you use?

Creative with play dough!

Today in the Home Room the children were delighted to make playdough.  They decided to make green and yellow playdough which smelt of “lovely lemons”. The children were very creative using pretty shells, buttons and other materials to decorate their playdough. Adding props to playdough helps to support the children’s learning. They used their imaginations and produced some brilliant creations. Along with being great fun, playing with playdough helps to develop the children’s fine motor skills. It strengthens the muscles in their fingers which they will then use to write. The children find  playdough calming but were very excited to keep their own piece throughout the day and take home with them to play with.