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Things that Move

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Things that Move

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.004

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
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Our New Workbench

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Our New Workbench

We are very excited to have our new workbench in nursery! We have been using real tools on our workbench and making some great models.

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First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.

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We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and put hand prints on the bench so we knew how to keep our hands a safe distance away. We wore safety goggles to make sure we didn’t get anything in our eyes. There are rules we have to follow when we use the work bench and we have all been very good at listening to the rules and keeping ourselves safe.

We started off by exploring each tool one at a time and finding the safest and most comfortable way to use them.

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Once we were confident we started to combine tools by cutting wood and screwing two pieces together.

Now we are more confident we are starting to plan out what we want to build by drawing pictures and making our models. This week we have made robots and cars.

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We have even started to try and make our models even better by going back and adjusting the wheels to try and make our cars work.

The children’s plan for next week is to work together to build a big house for the Three Little Pigs, check back next week to see how we do…

What are we learning about?

Using the tools is a great way to build children’s fine motor skills which helps to get them ready for writing. To use the saw and hammer the children need strength and coordination. To use the screw driver they must work with control, slowly and carefully. Whenever we use the tools the children have to listen very carefully and follow the instructions to work safely. They have to think of their own safety and the safety of their friends around them and concentrate very hard. When they make models they need to try different ways of doing things and make adjustments to make it work.

Already the children are becoming more safe and confident with using the tools and we have been very impressed with what they have made.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of parents have asked for their children’s target to be to write their name. As well as lots of practice drawing and making marks with a pencil there are other ways to help children build up their strength and control in their hands and fingers…

Buttons and zips help children with coordination and strength in their fingers. Encouraging children to help to get themselves ready for school by putting on their own shoes and socks or trying to get themselves dressed this will all build up children’s strength in their hands and arms.

Children need to build up their big muscles in their arms and shoulders as well as the little ones in their hands and fingers so lots of climbing at the park or riding bikes helps to build these muscles.

Toys and activities like using blocks, Duplo and Lego all help with children’s fine motor skills. As they get more confident with the bigger blocks getting out smaller ones like Lego will help to strengthen the muscles in their fingers. Threading, sewing, play dough and using scissors are all great ways to strengthen finger muscles.

Lots of chance to make marks like with a tray of gel or shaving foam that children can make marks in with their fingers or big chalks on the ground outside. Using big paper helps to build up bigger muscles. Painting, colouring and drawing are all great ways to get ready for writing.