The children loved colouring in these Mandala Flower Colour-in decorations by Baker Ross after school today. Its another activity that is great whatever the child’s age. The older children can enjoy very intricate colouring in if they wish and the younger ones can simply just enjoy making marks. Aren’t they lovely?!
Rain, rain, go away! You wouldn’t know it today with the rain hammering down outside but the start of Spring was promising with bright blue skies, birds singing, the village sheep baa-ing, bright yellow daffodils in full bloom and the kids and I spotting our shadows as we enjoyed our walks to and from school…apparently its due to brighten up tomorrow!
The children have been busy making these lovely cardboard wreaths. It was a great activity they could all enjoy – toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children. I laid out a selection of craft items for them to pick and choose and they were then able to work at their own pace to create their own wreath. It was a great activity for practising their fine motor skills, handling small craft items like sequins and pom poms helps them practise and develop their pincer grip.
They particularly loved seeing their finished wreaths hanging up on the wall and proudly took them home to show their Mums and Dads! Aren’t they great?!
I have been stashing away lots of cardboard boxes and tubes for a while now, and, yesterday, with the rain hammering down outside again it seemed like the perfect day to give it to the kids (aged 2.5 – 9 years old) for a junk modelling session.
Armed with nothing but recyclables, scissors, sticky tape and labels and their imaginations they got stuck in.
It was lovely to watch them engrossed in the activity for a good hour, chatting away to one another and modelling some lovely behaviours and manners.
“Can I have the scissors please?”
“Oh dear, you’ve dropped some”!
“Look at my one, its really big, I built it really big”
“Look at mine Emily!”
“It’s a rocket!”
“This is a house”
Who needs expensive holiday activities?!
Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and thinking critically.