During the preschool day, we like to follow the children’s interests in regards to activities/games to complete and recently the children have gone dinosaur crazy! The dinosaurs were set up inside of the playroom where children re-created a dinosaur land demonstrating some lovely imaginative skills, they also enjoyed creating lots of loud ROARS to allow practitioners to become aware of what noise each dinosaur makes and we have learnt a new dinosaur song. It is important to value the children’s interests and experiences as it shows the children we are listening to them; it helps them to become their own individual person and allows their self-esteem to grow.
We have also created a new weatherboard at preschool which lots of the children enjoyed making, using various materials to do so “We have sun, rain and snow”. They really enjoyed exploring different materials to make the clouds “This soft, clouds look soft” and painting the sunshine in the colour yellow. Creating the weatherboard allows children to observe what is going on around them and engage with each other about their observations. This allows children to build relationships and develop their understanding the world skills.
Over the past 2 weeks we have had lots of fun at forest school; building shelter from the wind using a variety of materials, building a den, riding on an imaginary train stopping at different locations around the world and following on from the children’s interests we have built woolly mammoths using sticks and leaves “Woolly mammoths are really woolly so we need to put leaves on him to make him have woolly fur”. Forest School helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning. Activities such as sharing tools and participating in play helps to teach the children to work together as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social ties.
“ This is the baby woolly mammoth, he is a small one”