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Toddlers explore Fruit

Today the children have enjoyed tasting different types of fruit. We sat together and discussed the different sizes, colours and weights of the fruit . We managed to put the fruit in order from smallest to biggest and the we pointed to the fruits that we knew the name of. We discovered that the biggest one was called a pomegranate and that it tasted yummy!

 


We also tried some lemons and limes!  “don’t like it” some children said , others enjoyed the taste. The favourite was oranges and strawberries. We tried passion fruit it was “yucky”.
The children were very engaged and this gave them the opportunity to socialise and and practise new words and language skills. We look forward to trying lots more foods and tastes another day.

Ring Game Fun

Today the children in the toddler room have been exploring how we can move our bodies. We had lots of fun playing ring games! We laughed and played together with our friends, copying lots of funny actions from Old MacDonald’s farm. Look at our cow and sheep impressions!

We also had fun joining in sleeping bunnies, sleeping crocodiles and Row Row Row your boat. These are great games for developing our social skills and helping us to play cooperatively together.

Sewing Group

Over the last couple of weeks. A small group of childfren have been taking part in a sewing group with Sarah-Jane!

The children started off by designing what they would like to make at the sewing group…

”I’m going to make a tablet, like my sisters iPad”
I’m making a minion, his name is Bob, its the same as my jumper”

 

”I’m doing a rainbow and my mummy”
”I want to do a rainbow too, with all of the colours on it”

Once the children had made their plans, the next week they were able to have a practice with the needle and threading. This helps the children to develop their fine motor skills and developing concentration.

The children are keen to contrinue developing and learning new skills. We are so excited to see our projects coming together after some more practice in the next couple of weeks!

We can make our own stories…

Recently the children have been enjoying using wooden small world figures to create roleplay scenarios.  This helps to fuel their creativity and extend their social skills

Witches, forests and potions

Roleplay is fabulous for promoting literacy skills and helps to develop language and expand thought patterns.

Over time the children have wanted to use the small world figures to tell their own stories.  They have been developing their confidence through acting and performing their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

This story had Mummy, Daddy, the child and a pet frog

Roleplay and storytelling help children to explore and experiment through different scenarios, it can break down the walls of reality allowing them to explore something or someone different from themselves and it can also help them to make sense of or celebrate situations that happen in real life.

Princesses are a favourite character for the stories we are hearing just now

In the past, some of the children of Cartmill have taken part in Helicopter Stories (in a group setting a child makes up their own story, a teacher scribes it and reads it back to the group and then the child and their peers act it out).

This led to one of the children asking me to write down their story that they had made up with the small world figures – they wanted to share it with their family.

This first story spurred other children on and they have been asking to have their own stories recorded to take home aswell.

We have all enjoyed sharing stories with each other and hope any parents who have had some home have enjoyed them as well.

I can’t wait to see where our children’s imagination takes us next…

Nacho Friday!

As a special treat for the children this Friday, we decided to have some Nacho’s for snack!

The children were keen to try the Salsa and dip their tortillas into it and loved sprinkling the cheese on top..

”Say Nacho’s everybody!”

L spoke about a trip to the cinema when she saw that it was nacho’s for snack.. ”I go to the cinema with my daddy and he buys nacho’s”.

O wasn’t sure about the salsa at first, but after seeing her friends try it she decided to give it a try herself.. ”it’s tasty”!

”My favourite part is the cheese”

L loved the salsa ontop of his tortilla’s..