It's been a while since the last blog - and I apologise - but hope this was worth the wait!
So far this week the children have experienced a number of unusual activities.
We have made some spaghetti - but not to eat! This is to play with, just like a bowl a wiggly worms!! Others had fun with a game of 'What's the time, Mr Wolf?' A playground favourite, and excellent for reciting numbers, taking turns and anticipation!
The children have also helped to clear and tidy the garden area, where we found a variety of wildlife, including a milipede, a woodlouse and the largest slug you have ever seen! And finally as we swept behind the recycling bins we spotten 2 little frogs - although the children were sure it was a baby and a daddy!
Well, that was yesterday.... and today?
We continued with our interest in bugs and creepy, crawlies, and found out our 'minibeasts grab and go box. Inside we found... magnifying glasses, binoculars, notebooks, and a spatula....
A spatula, a hear you shout? oh yes, this is a very important tool in the search for bugs.
We fetched a large tray, and lay white paper in the bottom, placed the tray beneath the hawthorn hedge and banged it gently with the spatula (although this wasn't too successful, so we resorted to a large stick!)
At first glance it looked as though we hadn't 'caught' anything, but then things started to move!!
Amongst our 'catch' were.... 8 SPECIES OF SPIDER, 4 SNAILS, 5 SPECIES OF LADYBIRD, INCLUDING THE DREADED HARLEQUIN!, 4 CATERPILLARS, ANTS, FLIES, BUGS, WOODLICE, AND A NUMBER OF UNIDENTITIED THINGS THAT MOVE!!
The children were so excited and engaged in this activity and just wanted to repeat the exercise to see what else we could find. They were all so gentle and looked carefully through their magnifying glasses, sharing them around so that everyone could have a look. We learnt such a lots about creepy crawlies (my favourite subject!!) that I am sure we will continue to do even more over the summer. I, for one, can't wait!
This week has been full of Easter crafts and cooking! The children have had a lot of fun and enjoyed being creative with Easter and springtime pictures…. Lambs, rabbits and easter eggs!
The sand kitchen continues to be a regular favourite and the children have continued to explore the wet and dry sand, containers, cooking and stirring! Very messy but
always an absolute treat to observe!!
We had a lovely obstacle course set up this afternoon, where the children had to travel ON the stepping stones, OVER the bridge, THROUGH the tunnel and UNDER the beam before running back to the start. Everyone waited their turn beautifully and enjoyed cheering each other on.
This afternoon we had the opportunity to visit the school field and use up some energy! First we walked around with tiny little fairy steps, and then with huge giant steps – Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum…..
After this the children pretended to be birthday presents - yes, that’s right! We laid on our backs, tucked in their knees and held on – like a tightly wrapped birthday present….. then after a little singing, we JUMPED out of our presents!!
Lastly, we sat under the tree and made up our own story. This was a lovely way to end the afternoon and the children were entranced as our story led us through a wood,past bears, singing all the way.
I shall take this opportunity to wish to you all a lovely Easter Break.
Until next time…..