Today we used the real hammers and nails. We always introduce this using balsa wood, which is quite soft, so it means the children can quickly experience success. This activity is excellent for hand-eye coordination and for developing hand and arm muscles. It is also exciting and the children were keen to take part. Once children are confident, we can start using hammers and nails to join pieces of wood together in ways that they choose. The children did really well today and we already have some excellent hammerers! We just have two children hammering at a time and with an adult supervising to make sure they are using the tools safely.
Because this week's story is The Tiger Who Came to Tea, we have been creating scenarios with wild animals both inside and out in the garden. The animals were originally in a tray of sand, but the children decided they wanted to move them to the rice tray. Here they fed the animals with rice and also gave them rice showers. Some of the children have been choosing their favourite wild animal as a pet whilst others have been creating animal towers by balancing the animals on top of each other. The tallest tower was 4 rhinos high though we didn't manage to get a photo!
We have been painting the flags of some of the teams in Euro 2021. The children had to look carefully at the designs and match the colours. You should be able to spot the flags of Scotland, England, Italy and Germany now on display on our window. I wonder which members of staff support each of these teams! Good luck to all the footballers playing in the tournament. We will have to see which team wins the trophy.
We found a range of minibeasts in the garden today including an enormous slug and lots of earwigs which are making nests in the garden and laying their eggs. We watched how the earwig moved. Its antennae wave all the time and it can move its legs very quickly. It's important to encourage children to be kind to living creatures and to be interested in them rather than being scared. Earwigs are mostly active at night - they are nocturnal - and they eat lots of different plant food. They are also very good at looking after their eggs.
We have been exploring oil pastel drawings out in the garden. Some children observed the flowers growing in the garden and did observational pictures. Others explored the materials combining pencils and pastels and creating a variety of marks and using a range of colours. They thought carefully about which colours and marks they wanted to make and loved the vibrant colours of the pastels. We were able to talk about shades and about types of marks. We will be displaying some of the drawings in the garden.
We have been using spoons and spatulas to make musical sounds in the garden. Some of the children started experimenting around the nursery garden tapping different items with wooden spoons and listening to the sounds. The rocks, wooden uprights and the metal coat stand all sounded quite different. Perhaps this is something you could try at home.
We've had a few rainy days recently. But the children have enjoyed the puddles and listening to the rain on the roof. We also used the chalks to make a rainbow. The chalks partly dissolve in the water so you get bright colours and an amazing creamy texture. We made marks that looked like creamy banana or like grapes!
We had some very hot days so we froze ice for the children to explore. They investigated what happened when we dripped water onto the ice and watched how it slowly melted. Some children noticed the tiny bubbles in the ice and others found that when there was a dip in the ice you could make squelching noises with your hand. This was new learning for all of us! Maybe you could explore at home with an ice cube. How long does it take to melt? What happens if you pour on some spoonfuls of warm water? Can you talk about how the ice feels? If you have some fruit juice you could freeze some to make your own ice lollies!