Last week we got a letter from the Easter Bunny saying that he had lost his bounce! We needed to think of ways to get him jumping again in time to deliver all the Easter Eggs. The children came up with their own ideas for how to help the Easter Bunny…
Later on we went for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Secret Garden…
We even added eggs to our story telling…
Last week the children were very interested in exploring things that move. Outside they used the blocks to make big cars and planes then planned trips to Hawaii and drew maps of how to get there! As they played they learnt about shape, weight and size while they explored the blocks, they learnt to work together and talk to each other about their ideas. The children used their imagination as they planned their trip (and had to have an emergency landing) and they developed their fine motor skills and understanding of size and space as they drew their maps.
Inside the children were busy making vehicles in the workshop, there were rockets, cars, trucks and buses. The children learnt about size and shape as they worked imaginatively to create their own vehicles. At the workbench the children used the saws to cut up pieces of wood and the hammers and screwdrivers to add wheels, doors and windows. Everybody is getting very good at remembering how to keep themselves safe when using the tools as well as building up their strength, control and coordination.
In the block area there were lots of different ideas. Some children brought over stools and used the blocks to create an ambulance then went to help people. Other children played with the cars and we made a car park matching the cars and recognising numbers.
How can you continue learning at home?
- Playing with blocks helps children to learn about shape, space and size
- Junk modelling with empty boxes and containers teaches children about shape, size and colour as well as creating imaginatively
- Acting things out and pretend play helps children to develop their speech and imagination
- Playing together gives children the chance to negotiate and problem solve
- Working with real tools develops children’s fine motor skills ready for writing as well as learning how to keep safe
Last Friday Oliver and Kallum wondered if we could make a marble run. They thought of what we needed and we went to collect tubes and pipes. We started building marble runs and we have continued all week!
First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…
Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…
Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…
Then we re-used our favourite box (check out past posts to see our box being used as a giant car, puppet show and rocket!) and made a marble run machine!
Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…
Marble runs are a great activity to try. Miss Hukin said she is going to have a go at making one at home. You could try –
- Sticking lolly pop sticks or twigs to a large piece of card or wood. Make sure you add buffers at the edge to stop the marble flying off and cups or boxes at the bottom to catch the marbles
- Using pieces of wood or plastic to make ramps and roll down cars, balls or marbles.
- Using a wooden train track to create your own marble run
- Sticking cardboard tubes or pool noodles to a box or wall to make a marble run
- Using Lego to create your own marble maze
- If you already have a marble run at home why not turn it into a game by using a measuring tape to see how far your marble can go or adding different coloured or numbered containers to catch the marbles!
- Or check out youtube for some great DIY marble runs
We would love to see photos if you do give it a try, have fun!
In nursery we love to build towers and we love to knock them down even more! We decided to learn all about towers. We learnt which shapes were best for building towers with. We learnt about balance and height and we learnt two new words – tall and short.
Outside we even built a pendulum to help us knock the towers down. It was very tricky and we had to solve lots of problems such as thinking about the height of the pendulum, the length of the string, how tall to build our tower and how far to pull it back. We tried lots of different designs and we even learnt about heavy and light as we tried to knock down different towers.
We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!
Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…
We were learning to…
- solve problems
- work together
- listen to each others ideas
- test our ideas and change them if they did not work
- keep trying when things don’t work the first time
- explain our ideas and why things happen
How can you continue learning at home?
- share the learning stories and talk about what happened and why they think it happened
- encourage children to solve simple problems at home such as what to do if they spill sand on the floor or the fastest way to get all their toys back to their bedroom
- encourage children to be independent, try different ways to solve problems and talk about what they have to remember for next time
This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’
We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.
We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!