This week has been full of more activities relating to China and the Chinese New Year. It is lovely to see the children becoming more and more engaged…. We now have a fully operating (well – almost..) restaurant in the home corner and you can take a seat and someone will ask you what you would like to eat….. chicken nuggets, noodles, rice or curry sauce?
Yesterday we starting the morning with a visit to the hall with Reception for a ‘trip around the world’, visiting India, USA, Ireland, Scotland as well as China, the children experienced a range of songs, poems and music in many different styles, finishing with a foot stamping, hand clapping extravaganza of Scottish dancing! Lots of children individually took to the centre of our circle to show off their moves!
We also had a range of shapes hidden in…. shaving foam!! This is a lovely, sticky,gooey activity which the children really enjoyed, delving into the mess to guess what shape
they found… how many corners? How many sides? Can you think of a shape like that?
Today we created a ‘reference board’ for mixing colours which encouraged the children to try all sorts of combinations, shaking hands with other children to see how weird and wonderful shades they could create!
We also gave the children the opportunity to make a ‘shaker’ with a choice of rice, pasta or spaghetti. We plan to have a ‘band’ later in the week to listen to the different sounds that these shakers make.
In between the heavy rain spells we have been outside enjoying the space and the mud kitchen. Thank you to everyone who donated items, they are being well used! The children particularly like the utensils like the potato masher and the ladle. If anyone has any other items they aren’t using then we would like to take them off your hands – especially things like drainers, cutlery pots, scrubbing brushes, empty washing up liquid
We been encouraging the children to count groups of objects outside and indoors, recording the number of things they can find, adding them up and labelling their pictures. Some fantastic ideas!
I can’t believe it is only Tuesday – and so much more planned too! The Chinese New Year display is looking lovely now that we have some labels on to show when everyone was born… please feel free to tell us about sibling’s year of birth too. I wonder which animal will be the most popular??