This week has been an opportunity for us to explore different perspectives. We have engaged in this via our interest in sea creatures.
We began the week with some hands on craft experiences in which we made some sea creatures using the recycled materials we had discussed in the previous week. This allowed the children to see the reuse of rubbish in practise; particularly how these materials could be fun to use for art activities. The children created some incredible sea creatures which they will be able to bring home once they are finished. It is fantastic to observe their creativity and wealth of ideas.
On Monday, during mat time, we reread the book Smiley Shark which looks at valuing all children because of their differences. The children had particularly liked this book, so we retold it using puppets. This helped to personalise the story for the children. We also began playing musical statues at the end of each session. This is a simple game which requires the children to dance to the music and then freeze when it stops. It encourages their gross motor skills, coordination, imagination and confidence. These expressive activities will join with the other more cognitive based experiences in the room to challenge a different part of the children’s growth.
In order to further engage the children’s interest in sea creatures and increase their experimentation skills, we made our own pet jellyfish. This experiment involved making a plastic bag float in a bottle of water mimicking a jellyfish floating in the water. The children assisted with cutting the jellyfish tentacles which demonstrated their developing fine motor skills. We then talked about what would happen when the bag was put into the water. This encouraged hypothesising which is higher order thinking; an aspect of cognitive development which we will encourage in our group activities.
Jess and Fiona