It was a snowy, wet and cold morning in our garden but this didn’t stop our children from having lots of fun! The children decided to design and build their own “snowy movers” course using our loose parts. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork by collecting parts and discussing where they should put them to build their course. They used the cable reels, tyres and crates and set them out in a straight line to climb up and walk along. The children had lots of fun climbing and walking along their course. They then decided they would like to add in some jumping, so we discussed how we could make the course more challenging. The children had some fantastic ideas and worked together to add additional obstacles such as crates and wooden planks to our course so that they could climb, jump and balance. Our course was a bit more challenging, but with a little support the children gained confidence and were soon demonstrating excellent climbing, balancing and jumping skills. As it was snowing and very wet, the children identified that we would need to be very careful as it was very “slippy”!
Muddy movers is a program of physical activities designed to develop gross motor skills and emotional resilience. By using various loose parts to design obstacle courses, our children develop their core strength, balance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, confidence, problem solving and teamwork skills. Our children gain a real sense of achievement as well as improving their health and well-being and most importantly, have lots of fun!
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.
“I’m so tall…….all the way to the top”.
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’
This afternoon the children had great fun working together in the construction area using the building blocks to build their house. They were discussing with each other which shapes and sizes of blocks would be best to build their house. The children were developing their social and communication skills using problem solving, enquiry based learning as well as working as part of a team.
“Let’s use the big building blocks”
“We need to use our hammers to make sure it doesn’t fall down”
We had such great fun all working together as a team to build our house, the boys decided to expand it and turn it into a castle.
“It’s so big”
Today the children had fun working together to build a bridge that would get them across the “river” to safety using the building blocks. The children chose different sized blocks and discussed with one another what shapes and sizes would be best to build their bridge. This displayed brillant problem solving skills as well as working as part of a team using their creative minds.
The children used their balancing skills while crossing over the bridge, this supported the development of their co ordination and gross motor skills.
The children had such great fun building the bridge they then decided to change it into a train track.
We had a super day on Saturday and we thank our families, friends and staff for helping to make the family fun day such a success. Thanks to your generosity we raised just over £1000 on Saturday which is tremendous. Below are some of the images captured on the day!