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Our emergency services Duplo and inspire opportunities for creativity, design.& imaginary play
Some autumn leaves provided some texture for this inspired artist. Cutting them to size before sticking them to his painting with pride.
Sand, bark, leaves and sticks we collected from the garden provided some interesting textures for us to explore at the pasting table.
Build it up!
Problem solving and predicting. "I wonder if my creation will balance or fall down?" "What could I do to make it more stable or stronger?"
Cutting & pasting
Mastering the use of scissors is a skill that requires concentration, co-ordination and care
Cutting and pasting
A range of open ended materials - often recycled, provides the children with inspiration for their creativity.
Chopping vegetable to make healthy vegetable soup together. Sampling our delicious soup was a learning experience as well.
Chopping all of the vegetables
Making size comparisons as the children discuss how small the pieces need to be to add to our vegetable soup ingredients.
Making vegetabe soup
The children also discussed their likes and dislikes as we added new vegetables to the mixture.
Pop corn. Yum!
Cooking popcorn together was very exciting and it made a healthy delicious treat for us to try.
Creating a train track
Experimenting with design to create a continuous train track.
Working in collaboration
The children worked together as they discussed, designed and reassessed the track they created.
Whilst finger painting together, we discovered that the cars also created interesting patterns in the paint.
Messy, sensory play is a great way for children to explore and learn. It is also fun! On this occassion we mixed blue and yellow paint and created various shades of green.
Climbing and navigating on the obstacle course.
Thinking outside the square
Collecting, arranging and sorting these resources required collaboration, communication and negotiation as the children decided where everything should go.
The work site
Transferring bark from one place to another provided great opportunities to explore volume and capacity as this worker decided whether his load was too full to transport without spilling.
Making pla dough together
Adding some flour to our play dough mixture. incorporating mathematical concepts, counting and literacy as we followed our recipe
Making play dough together
When we added oil to the water in the jug, we discovered that we couldn't mix the two liquids together - the oil floated on the top.
Making play dough together
Mixing the play dough ingredients together was hard work. We took turns to stir the mixture until it was ready to cook.
The finished product
Some lovely fresh, warm play dough to squeeze and explore
We had fun making new purple play dough together. The play dough was very soft and pliable when it was finished.
An artist in action
Dish mops provided an interesting tool for painting.
Getting ready for mother's Day
Making an environmentally friendly shopping bag for Mum for Mother's Day.
Marble painting challenges our motor planning skills as we attempt to make the marbles roll in particular directions
Cooking up a storm in the sandpit.
Through open ended box construction the children explore their creativity. They also challenge their problem solving skills as they experiment with design and strength.
Gathering resources. "What will I need and what am I planning to do with the things I choose?"
Look what I made from some recycled boxes
Shared imaginary play
Pretending to be lions looking for food in the jungle. The children created story lines within their play, contributing their own ideas to their play as it evolved.
Balancing to follow the wooden stepping stones on an adventure through the garden
Follow the leader
Follow the leader on the wooden stepping stones
Getting in touch with nature
Meet one of our pet worms from the worm farm. We feed the worms using our fruit and vegetable scraps from our healthy snack boxes and cooking experiences.
Fine motor skills
Play dough helps us to develop and strengthen the small muscles in our hands. Knives, cutters, rolling pins and dough plungers provide us with some extra challenges.
Challenging our skills
Balancing to cross an elevated plank
Washing the doll's clothes
Squeezing the pegs
Pegging washing on the line requires strength, co-ordination and dexterity.
The construction site
Using our large muscles as we bend, stretch, twist and lift
This sign says: "Stop! Please don't crash my building down." Although we can't read it, once it was explained to everyone, this sign was very effective to remind everyone that this building was very precious to it's creator.
Exposure to text through play
Our pretend office provided children with opportunities to explore their interest in writing and various forms of communication
This clever person has attempted to write his own name on his work
Varied shapes recycled from some old chair legs have provided the children with some interesting shapes to incorporate into their building designs.
The children gathered "treasure" from around the room to adorn their creation.
Our doll's house became the home for a family of pets today. The children created beds for the pets and explored their understandings of family life through play
Three children worked collaboratively to create this interesting design
Some dinosaurs gathered in our block corner today for a birthday party. They played hide and seek amongst the logs and ate some leaves together.
Making fruit kebabs
We made fruit Kebabs to share with our Mums, and special people at a morning/ afternoon tea.
Making Mud soup
The children gathered their ingredients together; chanting "Muddy, muddy soup" as they collaborated.
Watering the sensory garden
The children enjoy helping to care for the plants in the garden. Spearmint geranium provides a beautiful aroma for us to explore.
Watering the garden
Grasses provide an interesting texture and contrast in our garden
Watering the herbs
Our rosemary and lemon verbena are great to add to water as we play as well
Our digging patch provided a great place to explore nature through sensory play. We can add water to create mud, pots and pans to make mud pies or trucks etc to create a work site.
Caring for our environment
The children are encouraged to use water wisely rather than wasting it. They are reminded that it is a valuable resource, rather than an endless supply.
Our fingertips make great drawing implements
Painting on fabric
fabric provides an interesting texture for the children to explore and a lasting result that could be framed or kept.
Where the fairies live...
Our garden is always evolving with interest areas throughout
Cooking in the cubby
Our kitchen in the cubby house has been created from a recycled TV unit and provides hours of fun.
Our meeting place and weaving net
Fun with shaving cream
Some children do not like finger painting - having other implements available to use such as this scraper enabled this child to explore something he would usually avoid.
Our recycled shoe garden
Symbolises a link between human growth and plant growth
Dramatic play area
Our imaginary play area is constantly evolving, depending upon the children's interests.
Our bird house
We try to invite nature into our play ground with visits from bird life.
expressing ourselves through art
Through open ended art, children can explore their creativity with freedom and no preconceived ideas.
Our uniform logo
Gumboots and water provided a great opportunity for the children to create their own muddy puddles to explore.
Classifying and matching
Magnifying glasses and some photographic cards provided the children with opportunities to take a closer look at the insects, finding similarities and differences amongst them.
Three children worked together to create an amazing city for all of these dinosaurs to live.