Today was our story telling workshop. We have been learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt the words and actions to help us to remember them. Then we performed the story for our grown-ups.
After that we went back to our classroom and waited for our grown ups…
When our grown-ups arrived they helped us to order the pictures from the story. We thought about the days of the week and counted the fruit to match the day. We used our scissors carefully and stuck our pictures on in order…
Thank you to all the grown-ups who came. Don’t worry if you missed it, here are the words and story map, why not see if you can have a go at telling the story at home…
Every half term we learn a new story. We learn the words and the actions (using Makaton) and we perform it for our parents. This half term our story has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
First we performed our story for our parents, we tried to join in with all the words and actions we could remember from the story.
Then we sang our caterpillar song, ‘There’s a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf’
After our performance we returned to our classrooms to make story telling necklaces. We coloured in the pictures from the story, then we put them in the right order and punched a hole in them to create a necklace to retell our story at home.
We took our necklaces home with our song and story words, pictures, actions and story map so we can continue practising our story at home.
A big thank you to all the parents who joined us for our workshop today.
Our story this week is The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.
We have lots of chameleon and animal activities to do in nursery.
Our play dough this week is Mixed-Up Chameleon dough.
We made yellow play dough following our usual recipe (see post Our Favourite Recipes) and added a bit of conditioner to make it extra soft with a lovely smell!
We added animal cutters along with feathers, buttons, googley eyes, straws and colourful matchsticks to create our own weird and wonderful animals.
On the maths table we have been playing the game ‘Feed me Flies’ (from http://buggyandbuddy.com/mixed-chameleon-eric-carle/ )
We stuck plastic chameleons to tubes of the same colour. Then we used black beads and pieces of art straws to create flies. The children roll the dice and use the pegs to count out that many flies. This builds children counting skills as well as their fine motor skills. We added number cards and number tracks to extend children’s learning and support number recognition.
We have also been doing lots of camouflage activities around the story. First we talked about what camouflage meant then tried to match the patterns to the animals to camouflage them.
The children matched the animal to their fur pattern using animal print texture cards.
In the water tray we filled the tub with different coloured sensory materials such as pebbles, corn, foam and glass beads. The children matched the animals to the background where it could be camouflaged.
The children built on their maths skills recalling their previous learning about patterns and thinking about sorting and matching. Children learnt about camouflage, they thought about the similarities and differences between animals and learnt new animal names.
In the outdoor area we went on a chameleon hunt. We cut chameleons out of coloured plastic and stuck them to objects of the same colour so they were camouflaged. The children then hunted for chameleons.
This week we started reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We used the book and soft toy props to retell the story.
On the snack table we had fruit from the story to taste; apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, plums and watermelon.
On the sensory table we had green slime and food from the story.
Then we added knives and forks to the slime to practise cutting.
On the fine motor table children punched holes in leaves and threaded them onto string.
We threaded fruit and vegetables, learning the names and making patterns as we threaded.
We made caterpillars in the play dough with match sticks and googley eyes.
We even turned the water in the water tray green!