Well, the fly has caught our cold, and has been buzzing around in circles but he's still managed to catch a fair few snippets of adventures over the week!! ;-)
Do you know how many uses there are for a cardboard box? As many of us will now, the box is often more exciting and enthralling than the contents! Why? Because a toy is a toy with a set purpose - a box can be anything!!! A train, a table, a container, a cupboard, a drum, a house, a fire engine, a dark corner, a place to talk with friends, a place to hide away, a place to have a little nap, and our huge boxes have been all of these in just one week!! During one session had a semi-second of panic as the child numbers didn't add up - until we saw a slight movement from a large box hidden in the corner - and 3 children slowly emerged!! I wonder if there is a World Record for the most children squeezed into a cardboard box? I think we made it to 8......
We've been running an exercise session which is a fantastic way to keep warm when supervising outdoor play! So if your child suddenly asks you to show 5 star jumps and 5 hops, you'll know why!
Our selection of Teddy Bears appeared today, and provided a lovely opportunity to sort, compare, discuss and cuddle!! All different sizes, textures, patterns, faces, colours..... I feel a picnic coming on......
We're finished the week by rearranging some of the resources, and discussing ways to improve some of the opportunities the children have available.... and we need your help..... do you have any of the following which could be used at pre-school?
'real' small saucepans, pots, cooking dishes (not china or glass, please)
dustpan and brushes
The children helped to sort out the trays, finding stray items that were in the wrong tray, matching our new labels to the correct resources, a very useful task in developing their visual discrimination skills!!! And very worth while, as one of the children came over and say "WOW THIS IS SO TIDY!!!!" - not for long ;-)
Have a great weekend!
Your Pre-school Team x