The children have been learning a lot about space and our solar system. Our rocket ship with astronauts continues to be a popular activity and we’ve created some rocket ship pastings using coloured foils, white paint and glitter glue. This week we’ve started balloon painting which is a creative and tactile way to explore art.
Creating and exploring artistic projects expand kids’ ability to interact with the world around them and help them build and fine tune skills needed for self-expression and communication. Art may seem like fun and games, which it is, but what many people do not realize is that kids are actually learning a lot through participating in openly expressive, creative activities. Children actually develop valuable life skills through free expression and artistic activities!
We have also been focusing on science through magnets. Do you know how to make a paperclip float in mid-air? We have found out magnets don’t draw everything so we have made a collection of objects on a large table to find out what will ‘attract’ a magnet and what won’t. We have been experimenting with mysterious objects to see what will happen.
‘Paperclips are attaching’ said Lily
‘The money seems to stick’ said Charlie
‘I don’t think the wood works’ said Max
At mat time we have been discussing how the planets move around the sun. We are learning the names of the planets and their distinct differences ‘Saturn has rings’ said Sam and ‘Mercury is closest to the sun’ said Matilda.
‘The sun is a hot ball of spinning gases’ remarked Lucy
‘People can’t live on other planets because there is no air or food’ said Nicholas
‘There is no gravity in space’ said Roan
It’s evident the children are really engaging and learning about the world. They are taking part in group discussions, exchanging ideas, interpreting new information and incorporating it all into their play experiences. Learning isn’t just about learning factual information it’s more about exploration, thinking analytically, asking questions and being actively involved in group activities. The children seem really engaged in the room and are working collaboratively together using constructive language/body language when interacting with one-another. It’s also important for children to learn ‘resilience ‘and to be able to negotiate social problems which may occur.
The best way to model these life skills is through stories and puppetry we have covered topics such as sharing, feelings, being different, how to enter play, stranger danger and emergencies. Our new puppet theatre has been very entertaining where the children have been constructing their own imaginary shows, please feel free to come and buy a ticket from Nicholas who is always giving out good deals!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Educators