One rainy day 

Book - one rainy day 
Craft - gravity painting 
Sensory - rain play (printable animals)
Number game - how many rain drops 
Baking - meringue

Role play - Tool shed
Play scene - Fire Station
Book - A rainy day 
Craft - gravity painting 
Sensory - rain play (printable animals)
Number game - how many rain drops 
Baking - meringue

Role play - Tool shed
Play scene - Fire Station

 

 

First impressions

It was Bear for once asking to play first this morning. He was excited by the tool set. He knew exactly what he wanted to do, putting on the hard hat and searching out the hammer for some early morning banging. He then wanted to put the hi-vis jacket on (not great for the camera when the flash is on) so he could "be a builder." Buttercup meanwhile, found the stacking pegs and was using them as nails on the toolbench. 

They then moved over to the firestation. This time it was Buttercup who wanted to dress up while Bear was more concerned with playing. Bear first slid a fireman down the pole and then asked me what a piece of furniture is (Mummy and Daddy have never been able to decide) before he decided it was the bathroom. He then spent the rest of the time playing with the fire engines and the the Firestation. Buttercup played with one of the fire engines for a while before randomly grabbing her nesting dolls and sitting with them on the sofa with Button. She spent the rest of the morning flitting between the different toys and games. At one point Bear did give Buttercup the hose (while he gripped the fire-engine) and told her to "put the fire out". From then on, sometimes they played together and sometimes they played separately.

 

This week's book was "one rainy day" which is a  book from a lovely series. In this book Hedgehog goes out excitedly in the rain to try out his new rain gear and ends up helping his friends Mole, Fox and the Mice. They all ended up at their friend Badgers house. So this week's activities were themed around the rain. The first activity we did this week was gravity painting. I watered down some paint and stuck some cotton balls to the top of the paper to represent clouds. I then clipped them to their easel so the paint would run down the paper like rain. I gave them each some pipettes to suck the paint up and then squeeze it on to the paper. The Twins loved this craft and actually painted for ages, which was great because the crafts lately have not been grabbing their attention for long. They loved the challenge of sucking the paint up and then watching it run down the page. Such a simple idea which created beautiful pictures. 
  Their sensory this week was so simple, just water with some shaving foam clouds. I then pierced some holes in the bottom of the some old yogurt pots to create their own rain. They sat for ages filling the pots with water and watching the water drain through. They also had some cocktail umbrellas which they held under the rain pots to catch the rain as it drained through. They love water play and it wasn't as messy as it normally would be as big sister wasn't around this time. So it was really easy to clean up. 
For their maths game this week I drew ten umbrellas each with a number from 1 to 10 on them. We then used our Grapat blue drops to count out the rain drops to match the number on the umbrella.
This was to encourage their counting out the number they saw instead of counting to ten all the time. Bear did really well on this, surprisingly as he hasn't really wanted to count when asked in quite a while. Buttercup could easily recognise most of the numbers but I don't think she's fully grasped the counting out. It was a lot of fun though and I think I'll do this type of counting game more in the future. 
   Our last activity was making rain cloud meringues. I've never made meringues before so was apprehensive on how this would go. However, it was actually really fun and really easy. The Twins love meringue so they were super excited. Meringues are not Button's favourite but she was so intrigued at how they are made. They turned out brillantly and all the children loved them. 

 

Our play scene got used a lot this week. We had their fire station out and they loved to make up stories about a fire somewhere in the living room and the firemen went to put it out. They also enjoyed putting their family peg dolls from littlewoodenones into the play. They liked to sit at the little computer and then say there's a fire somewhere. It was amazing to see how they played and interacted with each other with their stories. Buttercup would sit at the computer and pretend to type then say "there's a fire, we will be right there" and Bear would rush off with the fire truck. 

 

Our role play this week was builders and tool sets. They had a lot of fun with this. They love the actual tool bench (which was an old walker that we took the wheels off of) and would sit for ages screwing in screws and banging away at it. However, they also enjoyed playing builders with us. We would call them up on their toy phones and ask them to fix something around the living room. So I would call up Bear and say "my shelves are broken can you fix them" then he would rush to the book shelves and bang away with his hammer. They both have builder jackets but Buttercup would put hers on and twirl around pretending to be a princess which was also fine and of course princesses can be builders too.

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