We started the morning with what seemed like a 'mini-disco' and a selection of Sticky Kids songs (website is here if you want to have a look/listen). One of the children's favourites is 'there's a monster in the bathroom'... so after a jolly good dance and sing-song we spent the morning with lots of 'monster' activities.
Katharine supported the children with tap-a-shape monsters using cork boards, shapes and pins. Great for developing fine-motor skills, recognising shapes and colours.
Natasha played a game with the children where they would decide on a body part (eyes, heads, arms, legs, toes..... etc.) and then roll a die to decide how many their monster would have!! Some fantastic creations.
Nicky encouraged each child to paint their own monster using bright colours, colour mixing, and talking about the features and descriptions of their monster - scary, friendly, little.... etc.
We also enjoyed lots of outdoor play with monster chasing games, fishing, trolls under the bridge, trying new skills, and completing our book "101 things to do with mud!" (only joking!)
So - now for the science bit..... today has been a mix of all 7 areas of learning....
PHYSICAL - Tap-a-shapes for fine motor skills, running, climbing, manouvering for gross motor skills
PERSONAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL - taking turns, playing co-operatively, choosing activities
COMMUNICATION & LANGUAGE - using descriptive language, following instructions, listening and responding
MATHS - recognising shapes, counting number of the die, matching quantities of legs, eyes, etc.
LITERACY - controlling pencils, copying shapes
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD - real and fantasy, properties of dry and wet mud
CREATIVE ARTS & DESIGN - being imaginative, representing objects in painting, exploring colour mixing, role-play.
In fact the list could go on!!!!!
I hope the children have had as much fun as we have!!