This week the children have particularly enjoyed the sand pit and kitchen, they have cleaned, swept, dug, stirred and baked, and what better way to enjoy 'cooking' in the sand than to add some water...... from the taps, from the water butt, from the water tray, adding a bit from here and there, giving it a mix, discussing the changing consistency, who is having a birthday, how many candles we need, how many slices to cut the sand cake into, which is bigger, (lots of mathematical explorations!).
Then we thought it would be nice to seperate the water tray from the sand to double the experiences, adding different smells to the water, pots to pour, tubes to blow.... and being in a different part of the playground would keep the sand and water seperate for two groups to enjoy? oh no - the ingenious children found two wheelbarrows and filled them with water and then worked together to slowly wheel them to the sandpit, tipped them in and made a flood - fantastic - pure genius. Children will always have their own plans, thoughts and intentions - and our role is to provide them with a safe, interesting and imaginative environment in which to explore them and put them into action.
We have also been developing our new Sensory Garden this week and all the children have been given the opportunity to get involved. Over the next few weeks we will be planting and growing even more, but so far we have:-
TASTE - Strawberries (Thank you to Yana and her parents)
SOUND - Love in a mist - Quaking grass
TOUCH - Sedum - Lamb's Ears
SMELL - Chocolate cosmos - Lavender
SIGHT - Pansies
The children are really excited about watching the plants grow, watering them and watching them change - and so are we! If anyone has any left over plants or seeds, we would love to use them to brighted up the rest of the garden and playground, as well as growing individual plants for the children to enjoy and perhaps grow on at home - any donations would be very welcome!