This week we said goodbye to one of our friends with a celebration on Thursday. We made vanilla cupcakes for the occasion. The children assisted to measure out the ingredients and stir them all together. The cupcakes turned out to be delicious! We even had glittery icing pens so the children could each decorate a cupcake. While we were waiting for the cupcakes to cool, we read a funny story and then played musical statues, all requests as part of the party. Then we gave Georgia a card and got to sit down as a group to enjoy the cupcakes. Though we are all very sad to see Georgia go, we wish her and her family all the best in their move!
This week we have been engaging in much larger group play with setting up the train tracks, along with individual play when creating art and construction whilst inside. Both of these types of play are essential for children’s development. Playing in a larger group encourages team work, conflict resolution and listening to others. This was evident when the children laid out the tracks together and connected them to allow the trains to move freely along the tracks. Conversely, there were some activities which required the children to work by themselves. These activities encourage perseverance, problem solving and an imagination. For some children, it is difficult to continue an activity which they are finding difficult, however, with encouragement, the children generally kept at the activities until completion.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.