Week 30

Week 30 

 

Number -4
Book - Goldilocks and the three bears
Craft - fork painting  
Tuff tray - porridge oats 
Fine motor skills - large buttons 
Gross motor skills - stand on one foot
 Life skill -  cutting with a knife
Role play - band
Play scene - Mickey racers 
Open ended - Grapat

 

First impressions 

Bear was so excited about Mickey racers and raced over as soon as Buttercup was up and ready to play. Nothing else remotely interested him and it was great to watch him really play with it, more than I have seen him do before. He drove the cars, gave them petrol and arranged the extras round the track.
Buttercup was in a lovely mood. She grabbed the Mickey Mouse blocks and took it to Button to open and get out for her. She then saw the instruments, had a little shake of the jingle bells and started to sing and dance. She sang Baby Shark and then Twinkle Twinkle, playing instruments and dancing across the room. Buttercup then looked at the number 4 tray briefly. Next she took some blocks and stood them very particularly by the door before playing with the Mickey Racers with Bear and Button.

Button was excited by her invitations this week. She was particularly keen on tea and coffee making and the nature activity book, but also liked the look of the poem book and loves this month's Aquila as well as Green Eggs and Ham.

 

Number -4

We had a lot of fun using our Minnie prints' flash cards and our Noah's forest friends' animals. We sat and counted the animals, their legs, our fingers and then the leaves on the flashcard. Buttercup didn't want to count with Mummy so she took the animals and sat with Button to count which was lovely to watch. 

 

Book - Goldilocks and the three Bears

A lovely classic story told through Usborne. In their beautifully illustrated version, Goldilocks is a really naughty little girl who goes looking for something naughty to do. She finds the Bears' cottage and you know the story. Then at the end the Bears scare her so she promises never to be naughty again.
    The Twins loved the story and the toys I put in the book basket for them to explore. We learnt about hard and soft, big and small. They loved re-telling the story with the toys, and chasing Goldilocks with the bears. 

 

Craft - fork painting 
 Such a simple but fun craft, yet my two got bored very quickly. This was a shame but before they got bored we got some great fork impressions on the paper. 
   So basically, I drew a bear in their art book for them to use the fork to paint their fur. We used two shades of browns. Both Twins used both shades of brown and we can really see the fork marks where they painted, it was a shame they became bored. 

 

Tuff tray - porridge oats 

So I added some porridge oats to their big tub along with three different size bowls and spoons. Yes it was that simple and they played with this for over half an hour pouring and scooping, hiding the bears and talking about the size of the spoons and bowls. Then Gran had the idea to add a little water to the porridge, this was genius as it meant they could mould it in the bowls and tip it out like porridge castles lol. They loved it and sat for another half an hour with the wet porridge, moulding castles and squashing them down. 

 

Fine motor skills - large buttons 

We have a button board for them to play and explore. Button sat with them for this and showed them how to do up and undo the buttons. Then she held it tight for them so it didn't move as they explored it themselves. They couldn't do the buttons but it's great that they have the opportunity to try and play with the buttons and it was fantastic to see Button getting involved to help them.

 

Gross motor skills - stand on one foot

This was a lot of fun to do. They both can stand on one foot but staying balanced is a different matter. Especially as they thought it was a lot of fun to wobble and fall while they tried to balance on one leg. 

 

Life skill -  cutting with a knife

They are really good at using their toy cutting set so I decided to let them cut a banana up again with a real butter knife. They both managed it fine and enjoyed doing it. I really need to try and do this more without the curriculum reminding me that they should be trying to do this. After the last time we gave them their knives during dinner time but they weren't really using them. I will start again and hope this time I can encourage them a little more. 

 

Role play - band

This was a brilliant idea for the children, less so for our ears lol. They loved being a band, all taking turns with each instrument, singing along and dancing. Getting us involved and putting on shows. It was great. 
   One of the times I got to sit with them to join in was brilliant. They gave me the shakers and told me to sing and then I asked them what noises their bodies can make. We clapped and stomped and blew raspberries, Button clicked her fingers and I popped my mouth with my finger. It was great for them to explore music this way. 

 

Play scene - Mickey racers 

This was played with everyday by Bear. He was so excited to see it out and that didn't disappear. He loved to sit in the middle of the track and race the cars around. He filled them with petrol, he made the noises, he even added other toy cars to the race and sat Mickey or Donald out for a race. Buttercup was allowed to play and did but not as often as Bear. It was a joy to see him enjoying a toy so much. 

 

Open ended - Grapat

We love our Grapat loose pieces so much we want more of them lol. They have a huge range of the natural that I won in a competition and only a few of the coloured sets. The Twins love to line them up and build towers with them. Buttercup kept building tall towers then knocking them down. This was fine until Bear spotted what she was doing and politely asked if he could knock it down. Of course she said no so I got him to help me build his own tower to knock down. The excitement on his face was a picture until that excitement built up so much he rushed straight to Buttercup's and down hers went too. Tears soon followed so we moved on to Mummy making patterns and the Twins destroying them. 

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