After school this week has mainly been about enjoying the sun and lots of water play!
The children started up dressing up as St George or the dragon and chased each other about the garden. Very soon they decided they needed potions. Not sure that was in the original St George story but I am all up for adaptation and creativity!
Before long the Knights and Dragons were forgotten and it became all about the sensory.... The feel of the cool water on their toes!
And then the natural progression on to making footprints.... comparing sizes with each other. "my feet are bigger than yours" "your foot print is bigger/ smaller than mine"
Lots of mathematical language used and observations being made.
There was much pouring!!
and painting! I added chalks and paintbrushes to the table outside and watched to see how they would use them.
They used the pans and pots from the mud pie kitchen to hold the water.
They painted each other!
Used their whole bodies to explore and enjoy the experience. They enjoyed working along side each other and sharing in the play. Older children helped the younger ones to carry the heavy jugs of water and went inside for the refills.
They chose how they wanted to use the materials provided and came up with their own ideas for exploring the chalks. They made paint by mixing the chalk and water together. They drew with the dry chalk and with the wet chalk, making comparisons as to how the water had changed the way it looked.
Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas