The blazing sunshine and scorching temperatures this week have certainly marked the arrival of Summer! The children have enjoyed shady, morning, lakeside walks, splashing in our water table, water painting, ice lollies in the garden and fun ice lolly crafts.
We always ensure in high temperatures that we have our sunhats and suncream on. We stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day and ensure that we stay hydrated.
With our worlds turned upside down earlier this week, I have to confess Mother’s Day had slipped completely out my mind until late on Thursday. The little ones just had time to make their Mums a simple card. I am sure that now, more than ever, we are all feeling beyond lucky and grateful for the simple things in life.
I would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums out there and particularly to all the wonderful Mothers of the children I have been lucky to care for over the past 5 years.
We’ve just experienced the wettest winter on record and with Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis bringing some high winds as well it’s possibly one of the windiest too – certainly in the lifetimes of the little ones I look after.
So, the sight of golden, yellow daffodils in the garden, parks and village have been particularly welcome. During the recent half term break we enjoyed these gorgeous daffodil wreaths which lifted our spirits in this particularly gloomy Winter and served as a reminder that Spring is on it’s way!
I have spoken about our love of stickers here at EY&B before! These stickers scene boards from Baker Ross in particular, are fantastic. We have enjoyed all sorts of themes – Genies, Snow Princesses, The Solar System, Spring Animals, Easter Egg Hunts and Santas Workshop to name just a few.
Children are given their own board depicting a scene to which they can add numerous stickers off a sticker sheet. It’s a great activity for developing fine motor skills. The children love having ownership of their very own board and sheet of stickers. They love to chat about where they are placing their stickers. The themes are a great topic of conversation and help extend the children’s vocabulary learning new words such as “sleigh” and “carriage”.
“I’m gonna put my Princess in the carriage here”
“I’m going to put my polar bear here”
“I’m gonna put my snowflakes in the sky”
“My snowman can go in the pond”
Little ones from as young as two can enjoy these and children up to the age of 7 in my care are currently still enjoying them very much too.
Areas of Learning Covered: Communication, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.
Unlike many other Childminders, I point blank refuse to start anything Christmas related before 1st December! I like to avoid Christmas fatigue setting in before the big day which can be overwhelming in itself for children. That said, it doesn’t give us long to motor through all our Christmas related activities!
So far, the children have enjoyed pretty Snow Princess sticker scene boards and some fun Santas workshop ones. We have been reading Dear Santa by Rod Campbell and colouring in Christmas Present pictures. We have made some lovely cone angel decorations and decorated some wooden decorations for the children to take home for their Christmas trees.
The younger children have also been extending their vocabulary learning new words such as “halo” and “sleigh”.
Check back soon to see what other Christmas fun we have been having!
I mentioned yesterday that conker collecting is possibly my
favourite activity to do with the children. In that case, feeding the ducks is
a close second! Once again, it’s fun, it gets us out in the fresh air, the
children always love it and it’s free! What’s not to love!?
Our favourite spot is our local lake and meadows…
It’s an activity we can enjoy all year round.
Here we are last Winter…
In the Summer…
And now, in the Autumn…
As a childminder of course I am always linking activities to the EYFS and with this simple activity we can cover a great deal –
Areas of Learning Covered: Maths, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Understanding the world.
Take a look at our other favourite childminding activities –
What amazing weather we have had this week! We have enjoyed visits to the park, trips to feed the ducks and playtime in the garden all to the backdrop of glorious bright, blue skies. Our sunflowers are now in full bloom, just as we are seeing our first conkers falling and a change in the colour of the leaves, all in time to say goodbye Summer!
This week I have been loosely following a theme and planning activities around the fact that it is Chinese New Year starting tomorrow (Saturday 28th January). This year, Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster – begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018.
Our village pre-school follow themes and last year followed and celebrated the Chinese New Year. They learnt all about how the Chinese celebrate and decorate their homes. They did lots of art and craft and card making. They made a large dragon as a class and did some fantastic dragon dancing. They tried lots of Chinese food and even had a special visitor in to talk about how she celebrates and to share her stories with them. The children all wore red to mark the occasion.
My mindees are much younger however and there will be plenty of time ahead for them to learn, understand and explore this festival further. So with my little ones, (youngest 17 months and eldest 2 ½ years) I used the theme to help inspire me to plan activities for them. Themes can sometimes help to have something to scaffold the day and activities around. They love painting so we used red and yellow paint and they love glitter so we used red and gold glitter. Their favourite activity was definitely the dressing up in the Chinese clothes from the dressing up box and the Chinese fan and parasol.Finally, we read and enjoyed our ‘Lanterns and Firecrackers’ book.
Areas of Learning Covered: Understanding the World, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Literacy, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design