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The children in the Under Two’s units have been very busy this month developing their fine motor and gross motor skills. The children have been engaging in various sensory and messy play, where we have been using scoops and jugs to practice filling and emptying containers. Also to develop our hand-eye coordination skills, the children have been using a variety of stacking blocks to build and balance structures, the best part was of course knocking them over. Outside, the children have been exploring the nature garden, and perfecting climbing the stairs so we can independently go up the big slide.
This month the toddlers have enjoyed exploring various messy play and creative activities, which included printing with vegetables. The children showed great critical thinking skills as they experimented with the vegetables, to discover how we can use them to make different types of marks. We also explored some of these vegetables in play trays, and used different skills to find out which objects were bigger/smaller, to count how many we had, and to also find out what the vegetables were like without their skin. Outside, the children have really enjoyed taking part in the obstacle course, and the children have become more confident in having ago on our balance beam, trying to take some steps independently, well done Toddlers!
This month the Preschool children have showed a particular interest in the story: “We’re going on a bear hunt” and this has become our new topical story. To integrate all areas of development into this new theme of interest, we have been using our maths skills to count the bears and re-tell the story, talking about how many bears they have in the cave. We took our counting bears into our weather themed play tray where the bears had to trudge through the snow, just like in the story. The children have enjoyed extending this story into our creative play to, using a variety of mark making to create different characters from the story.