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.
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…
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!
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
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.
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.
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…