Our large roller painting and sponge painting on tables have been popular. We try and use different surfaces and angles to paint on (and find we can paint with lots of things) including our fingers which is wonderfully messy!
To extend on our ‘emergencies’ and after our practise fire drill we decided to look at people who have special jobs in the community to help us. Many of the children like discussing the role of police, fire-fighters and ambulance. We have had ladders and fire helmets outside and created a big machine with blocks for children to create aircrafts, police cars or trains. Its important children can create their own play with a range of props/tools without being told what things are. All the children have some wonderful ideas and we are guided by them.
On Thursday the children had dancing with Karen. She had cats made of wood on coloured spots around the room. Each child moved around the props like cats shaking their tails and arching their backs. Karen had a box full of ribbons the cats might like to play with, so the children used them to entice the cats by dancing with the ribbons. At circle time she had a few special objects to show which included some bells which cats often where on their collars and two wooden mice which cats like to chase. Every week we look forward to a wonderful class full of l surprises….
Our Mother’s Day celebration was lovely the children really enjoyed preparing for it over the weeks to show their mums a lot of appreciation for everything they do.
This week we will be looking at design and construction. The children will be drawing up ideas before producing work so we can all follow a plan. This will entail writing up a list of things we will need and allocating jobs. Many children like to follow instructions or have visual prompts to follow, a variety of activities we’ve had available have required colour and shape recognition to match/copy such as our flower and bird game. Our small projects will start to look more structured where we can follow a process- however they will be flexible where a lot of movement and change is allowed to make our projects more interesting and unpredictable.
Our garden is being very well looked after and everyone is making sure it’s been watered daily. However we have noticed we’ve had a lot of rain lately so we haven’t watered as much.
Welcome to our new girl Sophie (from Japan) she has only just starting with us!
On Wednesday 13th May we have Wild Action at 9.30……So please don’t be late. The children get up close and personal with Australian animals and Reptiles.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team