The children were super busy today in the construction area building different sized towers, which they decided to measure using a measuring stick. They worked together to compare the different heights of their buildings, developing their mathematical language and concepts ” tallest and smallest”.
They had so much fun measuring their buildings they decided to measure each other.
After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.
During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.
Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’
We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath ‘smooth’
Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size ‘else it will wobble’
We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’
Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’
We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.
Playing with our beautiful new table ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’
The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’
In the garden last week the children noticed that the sand was frozen “Jack Frost made it hard, it’s icy” they agreed. Upon finding a bucket with frozen sand in it, they worked together, taking turns to dig the sand out “it’s a frozen castle” they exclaimed! Then the children tried to get the sand out of the other buckets but couldn’t, deciding that “we need to melt it”. So using warm water and timers the children investigated how long it took to melt the ice.
Last week the children watched me make a swing with rope and a sturdy stick for the seat. Today, they tried to make their own swing which was brilliant to watch! Here they are climbing up the tree to throw the rope over.
Later, the children thought they saw a sea monster in the river. We decided to get a closer look by standing on the riverbank.
There was definitely one in there or maybe more – the children were convinced! And we just love swings.
What a busy day it was today in our garden, we were trying to build a car but one of the boys said he had built a bike, suddenly everyone wanted their own bike so we all got to work in our bike shop before cycling off on our bikes.