What glorious weather! Not surprisingly, there has been lots of water play going on inside and out. We’ve made bubbles and potions, let loose with the hosepipe and enjoyed splashing in the pool. There has been lots of sensory play including polenta and peas. We explored pendulum painting and created striking artwork which provoked lots of descriptive language. The children have been practising their sewing skills and made bags and capes. We worked together to create a volcano, which has been used in lots of small world play. It has also been very exciting watching our butterflies emerge from their chysalis’ at the beginning of the week. We’ve cared for them and today, we said goodbye and set them free.
There has been lots of outdoor play this week, with a particular focus on building dens and hiding in everything from boxes to tents and tunnels. There has been lots of interest in colour mixing. This has been explored through paint and water, with some children getting fully immersed in the experience. I’m sure you will have noticed from the bags of wet clothes that have been sent home! The children have also loved using real tools at the woodwork bench. We saw great focus and concentration, perseverance and a willingness to ‘have a go.’ The children were very patient waiting for their turn and understood the need to handle the tools safely. They were also developing their fine motor skills using nuts and bolts to connect blocks together, demonstrating great problem solving skills. We are looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors in the sunshine next week.
It has been another busy week at Hampden Way. We have been very creative, combining lots of colours and different ingredients to make our own textured paints. We were also inspired by Matisse and created our own interpretations of ‘The Snail.’ Our caterpillars have arrived - we will be watching them grow and in the words of one our four year olds ‘we need to wait for the metamorphosis!’ Amazing vocabulary! There has been lots of pirate role play in the garden, making bandanas and eye patches, drawing maps and searching for treasure. The children are still enjoying seeing the world from a different perspective and hanging upside down. There has also been lots of interest in maths this week - writing numbers and sorting pom poms by their size and colour. Finally, check out the letters created using straws and pipe cleaners, totally independently - they are fantastic!
We would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads out there. Enjoy your weekend!
We would just like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who helped to make our summer fair such a success. Whether you helped on a stall, donated a cake, bottle or toy or came along on the day we are extremely grateful. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the many smiling faces said it all.
This week there has been lots of physical challenge in the garden. The children have been climbing the tree, swinging from the branch and hanging upside down. We have been using woodwork tools and learning how to use them safely. There were lots of creations from aeroplanes and slime shooters to a doorknob. Buttons have been explored, with the children filling, emptying and sorting them. They have enjoyed transporting each other around the garden in suitcases, very proud of their ‘big muscles.’ They have also used their muscles to drag logs around the garden after working out how to tie knots and used different ways of connecting paper together to make their own books. We have also appreciated all their help in preparing for our Summer fair.