Following my last post… This needs no further explanation!
I am a definite puddle parent, my children at school know if its raining more often than not we’ll grab our wellies and waterproofs and head on out!
Last friday it was absolutely tipping it down, we donned our wellies and waterproofs and spent a delightful afternoon splashing in puddles and hunting for snails and slugs!
We had a few minor incidents, one of which consisted of me dropping my iPad in a puddle, but apart from that all was grand!!
I didn’t see one littley with a sad face, what I did see though was big huge smiles, giggles, whoops to be free of the stuffy classroom! Children jumping, chasing, hoping, running, discovering, chatting, squealing with delight!
So…. Are you a puddle parent? Or do puddles get you in a muddle? Would love to hear below!
Here are our table top activities for this week…
These activities are linked to our gap analysis assessment (taken from baseline at the mo)
These activities are set up in the classroom first thing in the morning- and stay out for the first session.
Giant polydron: it has been lovely to play alongside the children here in their construction area. Lots of children drew plans of what they were going to build/had built. It was a useful tool to have the clipboards and crayons as an enhancement
Mark making on mirrors proved to be a real hit this week!
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The children have loved mark making in the glitter using paint brushes or their fingers
Chalk and pastel shapes- we are going to attach these together vertically to create hanging mobiles (watch this space) this activity was great not only for shape recognition and colour but also for children to practice their skills of resilience. It took a lot of patience and effort to complete the whole shape
We keep our linked provision for two weeks, but change and adapt as needed throughout the fortnight
Greetings from gorgeously sunny Spain!
I couldn’t help write this blog post, something marvellous just happened that I must share with you…
My little boy was playing on his lilo close to the edge of the water when a little Spanish boy who I think has Down’s syndrome came over and grabbed the lilo off of him. My little one looked quite shocked and I quickly explained that he just wanted to play but was unable to communicate this to him. Sam literally gave the little boy a huge smile and held out his LILO to play!
The little boys papa ran over and began profusely apologising! My Spanish is not great (in fact non existent except for ordering sangria!!!) so I used a little of my Makaton knowledge and signed a few signs to say it was ok, that the boys could play together. The father instantly relaxed and the two boys played beautifully together for a little while. As the children parted company it warmed my heart to see the little Spanish boy sign Thank you to Sam!
Jumping in muddy puddles!
I have been out of class for most of the morning, so was delighted to see my children this afternoon. I love the fact that it’s like being a minor celebrity every time I return from being out, they greet me as if they haven’t seen me for years!
During the register one kiddle begins singing “It’s raining it’s pouring” true to their word it was absolutely lashing it down! He then asks if we can go outside. I promise we can, after our maths focus time, which was investigating capacity using coloured rice (a whole new blog post- not sure I am going to be flavour of the month with our cleaner’s tonight oppps!)
Once our maths time is over, we begin to get ready to go! This still takes a little while, but I try to encourage independent as much as possible.
And we’re off… Firstly they decide to head to the puddles (of course… who wouldn’t?) there’s something quite magical about being outside in torrential rain, knowing your hood is up, your wellies are on and all that’s to be had is a grand old time. Some children were a little dubious of the splashes to begin with, but an encouraging smile and the odd “Don’t worry, you’re covered” was all they needed. Play then developed to who could make the biggest splash, and how much of a run up do you need to create the biggest wave!
One child then headed to the mud kitchen and sand area, and so the play then transferred to this area. I heard shouts of “I’ve found clean water” “I’m going to make clear soup” “We need to use a sieve” “You need half a kilogram”
Before we had set off on our outside adventure the children decided they would like to build dens so they could shelter from the rain. We went down to the woods and found some lovely piles of willow. Whilst heading down to the woods, we looked for bears, found bear claw scratches on the trees, one little girl found some berries on the floor- she was fascinated by them, which led to a full scale search of where they came from, which animals might eat them and if they were harmful to humans. We also found a beautiful butterfly. I was so impressed to see how delicate and careful our children were. They looked intricately at the wings and legs. “It’s an insect, it’s got 6 legs” said one of my little boys.
Once we had collected the willow we headed back to our garden. It was still raining, we were still happy, and work on The Den was about to commence. The children chatted to each other about how they wanted it to look. They decided that a triangle was the best shape. They told me I needed to hold them altogether, then two girls ran to get twine and scissors. Much fun was had whilst these two lovlies ran around the den winding the string round the top so we could hold it securely. It never ceases to amaze me, how strong leaders in activities like this come out of the woodwork. Once the structure was complete a little girl after my own heart shouts “We need things to decorate it” She runs inside and returns with a job lots of glitter, tinsel and ribbon! There was nothing more prefect that I could think of to decorate our Den!
An amazing afternoon was had by all, I feel honoured and blessed to have THE BEST job in the world, and to work with the BEST customers!
Splish, splash, splosh!
Having written a blog earlier today on the importance of Mud Play, I started to think more about our outdoor area, and what areas the children love the best, and what skills are being developed.
I am sure you would agree that water just attracts children like magnets! As soon as my own two kidlets see water, they have an instant need to strip off and jump in! (Oh to be 6 years old again!)
Water play, both indoor and outdoor, is a unique activity for children because it’s always available, open-ended, and provides endless opportunities for extended learning.
Rub a dub dub
So they’re just splashing, and throwing water right? Nope, not at all the children within our settings are doing much more than this. Water play encourages learning in all developmental areas. It provides opportunities for children to experiment with maths and science concepts, it helps strengthen their physical skills, advances their social and emotional skills, and also contributes greatly to their language development.