Tuesday, 14 June 2016
To enable the children to engage their senses I used a range of different eye catching objects from different colours, shapes and sizes to those that make different sounds. I also used liquids, combining colours with both waters and oils so that the older children observed the separation.
The younger children love the noises that the bottles make with some of them shaking the bottles as hard as they can, smiling at the resulting noise. Others slowly explore the movement of the colours, particularly those involving the liquid that slows the movement down.
After initially planning this activity for the younger children I was pleasantly surprised when the older children invented their own ways to engage. They began lining them up, counting the bottles out, sharing them between the two of them and stacking them to build a tower.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
We had such a lovely morning by the river at Shaugh Prior today. The children absolutely loved negotiating the rocky terrain down towards the river where we found a lovely shallow alcove that enabled them to paddle and throw stones.
As well as throwing stones and sticks into the river (much to the delight of the dog!) the children practised their climbing skills on the numerous rocks and sloping banks as well as experimenting with balance by trying to keep sticks on their sides.