We used the large bricks to build with. There was lots of cooperation and discussion about were the bricks needed to go. The children used tools to fix the bricks. They measured themselves against the bricks and each other, discussing who was tallest and shortest.
We went out on to the grass, the children made foot prints, used their hands and sticks to make marks and write in the snow. They made snow angels and rolled down the hill. Afterwards we warmed up with a some hot chocolate.
The children showed an interest in being pirates. They made telescopes, helping each other with the scissors and cellotape. The made flags and treasure maps. They were engaged in their activities for most of the morning.
The children practiced their cutting skills, cutting cabbage and herbs into small pieces. They used descriptive language to describe how it smelt and the way it felt. They added plates and other utensils and engaged in imaginative play.
Mark making doesn't have to be on paper, or with pencils, pens or brushes. The children used their fingers, brushes and the end of straws to make marks in the salt.
At preschool we have mark making opportunities available throughout the setting. The children choose to use large sheets of paper on the floor. Some children choose to take the paper under the table. Lying on the floor whilst mark making helps to strengthen core muscles, which in turn gives stability and builds good posture. Poor posture and core strength can affect children's gross motor and fine motor skills.
The children have been very busy decorating the Christmas tree. One of the children sang a rendition of Jingle bells as they put the decorations on.
We went to church today to make Christingles. Nicki explained all about the different parts of the Christingle and what they meant. The children made their own Christingles and may have eaten one or two sweets as they did ☺.
The children enjoyed some fun in the snow. They jump and ran describing how the snow felt and sounded under their feet, they made snowballs seeing how far and high they could throw them. They rolled balls of snow on the ground making them bigger. We warmed up with some hot chocolate.
The children peeled and chopped vegetables to make soup. We ate the soup for lunch with some fresh bread.