Last week the children decided to learn about … underpants!
We read the story Aliens Love Underpants.
In the water tray we had underwear to wash and hang. We tried to match the underwear by their colours and patterns then hung them to dry.
In the sand tray we had aliens and a mini washing line. We told stories with the aliens and pretended they came to take all our pants!
On the washing line we counted and ordered the pants. On the back of the pants there were patterns. We sorted and matched the pants. We also learnt a new song …
Chilly the Polar Bear
(to the tune of 5 Little Speckled Frogs)
Chilly the polar bear,
Hanging his underwear,
Out on the Arctic washing line, to dry,
He had one pair on the line,
And hung one more out to dry,
Now there’s two pairs of polar bear, underwear
(We carried on to 5 but you can use it to count in 2s or start counting from different numbers)
We made a new exploration and investigation area. We learnt about plants and caring for living things, including looking after Gary the snail!
We worked together to complete the jigsaws and learn about how things grow…
We had lots of fun making spinning cards for Valentine’s Day last week so we kept the spinning going with cogs in the classroom. We added more puzzles and jigsaws to help our coordination and fine motor skills.
What have we been learning?
We have been learning to sort and match by colour and pattern
We have been thinking about numbers, matching numbers to amounts and putting numbers in orders
We have been thinking about how things work with our new puzzle area, thinking of and testing our ideas
We have been learning to care for living things including plants and our class snail
Using pegs helps to build our fine motor skills and coordination getting us ready for writing!
We learnt to listen carefully to the story, remembering the important parts and using the characters to retell the story
How can you continue learning at home?
Have fun with pegs. Pegs are great for building children’s motor skills. Opening and closing the pegs helps children with their pinching skills.
Use dolls and toys to retell stories at home
Learn about how to look after living things by caring for flowers and plants in your house or garden or looking after a pet. Give children little responsibilities like checking when things need more water.
Use jigsaws and puzzles and support children with their hand strength and coordination ready for writing
Encourage the children to help with the washing! Can they sort things by colours or patterns? Can they match their socks before they are put away?
We had so much fun learning about underpants we decided to have more pants fun next week! Come back soon to see what we get up to when we read Dinosaurs Love Underpants!