This morning we turned our hands to making Gloop! Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. Playing with Gloop is a fabulous sensory and science activity to learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is.
Today we donned our waterproofs and wellies and went for a walk around the village. With the recent high rainfall this lent itself perfectly to jumping in muddy puddles!
Playing in puddles is not only a lot of fun, it is a great sensory, learning and physical experience for children. They can explore how it feels to be stuck in mud and soggy from for the water, they can listen to the splashing and squelching sounds and they can see how puddles can be muddy and clear. Playing in puddles is great for kids to investigate concepts such as floating and sinking and measuring depth and width. Playing in puddles is also a great physical workout; it can help improve balance, is great for cardiovascular health and – perhaps best of all – helps promote good sleep. Well, that’s our excuse anyway!
The comedian David Walliams has apparently been drafted in by the government to promote a scheme to encourage primary school pupils to read. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and David Walliams have said that improving children’s literacy should be a ‘national mission’ and say much more is needed to end the scandal of one in five children leaving primary school unable to read properly.
I loved reading as a youngster and loved nothing more than completing a series of stories by an author and hope my son will be the same. It can be hard to find the time as a busy parent to read to your child but this fact has inspired me to ensure I do –
“If you read just one story a day with your child, they will have read 1,862 books by the time they start school. And your child will have an unshakeable love of stories.” Source Stats from School Library Journal Jan 2014
Way back in April we planted some sunflower seeds that have recently bloomed into gorgeous bright yellow flowers. We have tracked their progress measuring and watering them. Growing plant seeds with the children teaches them how nature works, responsibility in caring for something, an interest in environmental sustainability and pride in themselves for the results. Watching plants grow is a fun and educational experience for children and we can’t wait to try some more!