This week we cut the broccoli from our vegie patch because it was starting to flower. After some discussion with a few of the children, we decided to make broccoli and cheese muffins. On Tuesday we made the batter together; the children mashed the broccoli, measured out the ingredients and mixed them all together. The same day, Clem and her mother had baked cupcakes for kinder, so we ate those before the end of the session. The cupcakes were strawberry and decorated with delicious pink sugar hearts – these ones were a hit! Unfortunately, our broccoli and cheese muffins were not quite so popular when we ate them on Friday. It was still a lot of fun to cook with vegetables from our kitchen garden.
On Friday we had Heidi’s father stay for fruit duty. This was very special as he came dressed in his work uniform – he is a pilot! Each time a plane flies overhead while we are outside, the children run over to watch it so we knew they would be very interested in what he had to say. Michael had on his wings badge and, of course, brought his pilot hat with him. The children had many questions about where he had flown to and where he sits in the plane. Michael explained to the children about the dials and buttons he uses, along with the steering wheel, to fly the plane. He also read a story about planes to the children. Though it was a slightly longer mat time than usual, the children seemed enthralled! Michael very generously brought in some stickers from work and a pencil for each child. After he spoke, we played inside. The children embraced the flying theme and there were playdough planes created, toy planes flown around the room and even larger planes made out of blocks. The children were very excited to each have a turn wearing Michael’s pilot hat.
This week we have set up a general making table where the children can use scissors and glue to create their own artwork. This is quite popular with most of the children as it is closer to construction. This encourages the children’s creativity and allows them to explore art in a way which is of interest to them. Additionally, we have introduced rollers to the paint easels. Though the easels are a great spot for the children to practise their fine motor skills, they do get to use some larger arm movements with the rollers. As next term progresses, more implements will be provided for the children to experiment with.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.