Friday, 22 August 2014
Autumn season plan is now written up will be starting from September 23rd (Autumn Equinox).
Looking forward to lots of lovely Autumnal play and activities! Please remember that the weather usually becomes more crisp at this time of year and wellies and all in one waterproofs are very much needed so that all children can fully enjoy and take part in our fun!
Here are some of the ideas we will be enjoying over the Harvest season.
If parents of children in my setting have anything to support this, then we will be looking to start these activities during September. Anything you or your children would like to share would be very much welcomed and appreciated!
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Today was a Junk model day! We had a fantastic time being very creative with all sorts of saved up junk and recycling items!
Little "W" made this house for his cat and played a lovely game with "E". They mad mummy and baby cats and spent a good hour or more creating a little small world play.
Little "R" made a house for the Playmobil figures. They are having a tea-party!
Brendan and Kenzie played Pokemon Monopoly together!
We spent time in the garden making tea and potions!
The girls set up a mega long train track using the wooden blocks as towers and bridges.
We also experimented with magnifying glasses!
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Bit of a home day today. Crafting and playing together.
Enjoying drawing lovely pictures of our favourite things.
The "Bored Box" is starring to run dry but "S" found a nice purse to sew in there.
We played with some floam and talked about how it felt. It is funny old stuf!
Some of us have managed to complete another level or 2 of the reading challenge and added more stickers!
The older children played Pokemon training, imaginary games. I love the ideas they have for play and how they talk through their ideas together. I could sit for hours and listen to them!
Hola hooping frogs!
Monday, 11 August 2014
Today we enjoyed a Play session organised by the play bus that visits the village every fortnight and the local children's centre! We had a lovely morning and got lots of fresh air!
There was quite a bit of imaginative play!
Little "E" painted some pictures.
Look at these lovely faces!
After watching the faces being painted, little "E" decided to gather up her own pretend face paints and then painted the faces of myself and my friend Vickie who had come to spend the day with us.
My sister and sister in law took Brendan for a walk in the fields with the dogs. They came across this little chap who was very hot and lay in the middle of the field. they rescued him and took him to the wildlife hospital that we visited the other week. Hopefully he will recover soon.
The girls painted my legs for me......
And my arms!
We have been working on our Summer reading challenge and the children have been adding stickers to their chart as they complete books. Brendan added another set of stickers to his chart this evening.
We ahve spent a lot of the day crafting in one way or another.
"S" made an African museum for us!
"L" and "R" made treasure maps with X marks the spot!
We decorated tea-towels and tote bags!
We also made sparkly pictures with sequins!
Sunday, 10 August 2014
I have recently been approached to review some toys for Early Years Resources and we were all very excited to be able to try out their EYR Rustic Play Blocks. When the box arrived it was my own, older children that had the pleasure of opening it. There was a lovely smell of fresh wood and each block had been sanded off to have smooth edges. They still had their rustic look which was lovely as so many blocks are finished to perfection. These have little knots and marks on them.
My boys enjoyed building with them for quite some time and commented on the size of them. They found them better for building with than the usual building blocks you can buy.
Monday morning came and I lay them out with some other loose parts to see what the children would do with them.
The first child called her mum in to see the "New toys" before she left for work. She sat with the blocks and built a road and garage for the cars that she took from the shelving unit. She spent a good half hour playing with the blocks and cars. Making long straight roads and bridges for the cars to drive along.
After some time she told me she was going to make a chair to sit on. She has not been able to build like this with our smaller blocks and she had a wonderful time making something that she could sit on. She carefully stacked the blocks, making them balance.
Little "X" arrived a bit later in the day and he also focused on the cool new blocks! He made a nest for his Eagle and filled it with bugs and reptiles. He told me he had made a house for his animals.
Later in the week I brought the train track out and again, the blocks were included and used to extend their play experience. I came in from cooking dinner, to find this being built in the playroom. The children also stacked the blocks up next to their bridge,s to make steps so that people could cross the railway tracks safely!
I like how they have also been used to make bridge supports!
These have also been great when it comes to more physical play. Little "R" set up a Crocodile infested river and used the blocks as stepping stones. She re-created this several times a week over the 2 weeks that we have been testing these blocks.
I would like to make it clear that I am not being paid to write this review and I want to be completely honest in reviewing them.
The children and I are enjoying the versatility of these blocks so much, that I will be purchasing a set. They are a good size, unusual shapes, light enough for little hands to build with and durable. They have withstood being used inside and outside, being stood on and being dropped.
They are now chosen by the children to enhance their small world and imaginative play and I have even noticed some of the blocks on the mark making table, being drawn around.
They encourage many areas of the EYFS including Physical Development and Expressive Art and Design.
Block play is a fantastic way to teach so many things through play and exploration. I have seen the children use them for problem solving, I have heard them talk about their size and shapes. Making comparisons and using mathematical language.
For the price of £29.99 I do feel that they are great value for money and I have just noticed that they have a special offer on for 2 packs at a reduced price of £39.99. The price is very competitive when compared to other, similar products that I have looked at. This makes me very happy, as my only negative point on this review is that I don't think you get enough blocks to really use them to their full potential.
So a big thumbs up for these, from all the children at Worms Eye View!