As we welcomed all of the new children in to Me 2 Club for the new term, there has been lots of snowy fun for all of the children. Our exploration area had some icy water with some funny balancing penguins to build towers with the group enjoyed feeling the frosty water in their fingers. We loved making hot chocolate and toast in the imagination area, there was lots of lovely taking too. There were lots of different areas to explore with small world toys, throwing snowballs and making snowmen and a sensory space to find sparkly polar bears and fluffy penguins. There were lots of different creative activities to try this week as we painted, coloured, modelled with play dough, practiced using scissors and had sticking fun too. There was more sensory play as we had a snow tray with hidden woodland animals. One of our activities this week was to talk about the clothes we need to wear in the Winter and tried putting on our own hats, scarves and gloves, it was very tricky but the groups showed great independence. We had our first cooking session and made white chocolate crispy snowballs, we hope they tasted as yummy as they looked!
It’s been a very noisy week in Me 2 Club this week as the class have been experimenting with lots of different musical instruments from our music den. There has been lots of dancing too as we have been listening to lots of different types of music and practicing our moves! We have even been learning lots of number rhymes and cooked 5 currant buns during our cooking session. One of our favourite activities this week was making our own maracas, we painted yoghurt pots and filled them with pasta before adding a lid and giving them a good shake! There was more noisy pasta play in our exploration area as the children used scoops to fill pots to shake too! We made some beautiful musical instruments in the creative area, we painted maracas and made colourful sticky xylophones. One of the groups favourite challenges was the play dough disco in the funky fingers area, they pressed a button to turn on the music and then squishing and rolling the play dough in our fingers!
What a colourful week we have had in Me 2 Club! We have been learning all about the different colours around us and exploring colours in lots of creative activities. The children have all enjoyed learning our rainbow song and this has given us all the opportunity to practice some Makaton skills as we have been focusing on signing our colours throughout the song. This week our exploration area was a multi coloured water tray, we investigated what happens when we mixed the different coloured water together- we made lots of lovely new colours! We had colour dens and colour sorting activities in the construction area and the children have built lots of confidence in sorting and organising colours through lots of mini activities this week. Our creative area had lots of colourful challenges too as we made sticky Elmer elephants, tried finger painting and explored primary colour play dough. Our imagination area became an art studio with easels and lots of paper on the walls for the children to experiment with different art materials like paints, chalks and pastels. One of the favourite toys this week was the chameleon hiding in the funky fingers area, he helped the children to match different colours around the room. In our cooking session this week we made delicious rainbow cakes, the class were very good at mixing the different food colours into the batter to make beautiful colourful cakes!
This week we have been learning all about the weather and we have been very lucky to have some special snowy days! We have stayed lovely and warm in the classroom as we have explored the rain in our water play area, using tools to make lots of rain on the toy people. Our imagination area was a clothes shop where the children could choose to dress in summer or winter clothes, we loved trying on wellington boots and dancing with umbrellas! There was lots of building fun in the construction areas as we used the rainbow blocks to build very tall towers! We have been making some beautiful art work using lots of different materials, fluffy cotton clouds, bright yellow suns, marbled rain drops and sparkling snow balls! The class have loved being able to play out in the snow this week, we have used spray paint bottles to make coloured snow and used different mark making tools to make pictures in the frost! We made some tasty rainbow cupcakes with white icing clouds too.
The Things We Love
There were hundreds of hearts in this classroom this week as we celebrated all of the things that we love. We talked about our families and have been practicing the ‘family fingers’ song everyday! Lots of the children have liked having the small world dolls houses to explore and we have heard some fantastic imaginative talk in their play. Our exploration area was filled with hidden hearts and lots of pictures of our friends, it was great fun finding them and showing everyone! The home corner was very busy as the children role played cooking and watching the television, some of them especially liked caring for the babies. There was lots of painting and sticking activities in the creative area and the class have made some beautiful hearts for our display. One of our activities this week was to make cards for the people we love and we will be sending them home next week in time for Valentines day! For our cooking session this week the children made some heart biscuits, they enjoyed decorating them with pink icing and sprinkles too!
There have been feathers and fur all over the classroom this week as we have been learning all about pets! The children have been fishing for turtles and frogs in the exploration area and sorting them from the fish. The role play area was a busy pet shop with lots of animals, pet food and toys to buy –we heard lots of lovely imaginative talk this week too. Our creative area had lots of different activities using lots of mediums, we made pet mice with play dough, painted some lovely dogs and cats, made sticky feather parrots and furry rabbits. The construction area was a great place to hide this week, the children have loved playing inside the dog tent. Our adult lead activities were to make kennels for our dogs using the blocks, the group worked really hard and made some great homes for their pets. We also rolled out some salt dough snakes and added some googly eyes and sparkly sequins. There was even more pet play outside as the play ground had lots of different areas to explore. We really liked walking the dogs around the forest area and using the paper bags to pick up their poop!