Spring is in the Air
Spring is in the air (sort of!), so we have been enjoying some activities related with this & Easter.
The maths area included numbers, bunny cups, bunnies, chicks, frogs, eggs, small ladybirds & the ladybirds I made in this post. We completed all sorts of counting & numeral recognition activities.
I’ve seen homemade bunny cups all over the internet, but most recently on The Imagination Tree. Super easy to make! I added numbers onto the back of mine, so that we could use them in maths activities. We especially loved finding the missing numbers in the line…
We also worked on numeral recognition with large numbers & nuggets…
Spring-coloured & Easter-related loose parts to explore & arrange…
Spring colours & a large egg box. Lots of scooping, transferring, ‘crossing the midline’ & fine-motor work here…
Stones, frogs & logs…
We enjoyed reading ‘The Odd Egg’ by Emily Gravett. To link with this, eggs filled with creatures were placed in the sand tray, along with alligators…
A spring-like world to create stories in. I love how the children use the rainbow in ways I wouldn’t think of…
Play Dough Table
Spring flowers with glass nuggets & cutters. One of my Nursery Nurses suggested adding straws, which were used as stems (& birthday candles!)…
Potato Masher Egg Printing
I saw this printing idea on De tout et de rien here & thought it would be a nice activity for the children to experience. It turned out that my potato masher was slightly concave so just produced an egg shape, rather than filling in the pattern too. So we gave them cotton buds to create their own patterns.
I then purchased some new potato mashers & the children had a go with them. Some chose to paint the masher with different colours & some just chose one…
Out came the cellophane numbers again, along with egg-shaped nuggets – sorting, pattern making, counting & colour mixing…
I love using mirrors in the classroom. I put a flat one with the mirror box & the colour blocks together on a table. Some children made interesting structures & others experimented with colour mixing again – this time looking at the new created colour in the reflection.
Rainbow rice, colourful spoons & egg-boxes
Just because we love it! (Good for motor skills too, though, & the children love role-playing with it.)
There are so many examples of watercolours created with old felt tips on Pinterest. We had quite a few dried-up pens so I decided to give it a go. We stood up the old felt tips in water & left them. Any remaining colour bleeds out into the water, creating watercolour-type ‘paint’. Be warned though, you are basically providing jars of water & if they’re knocked over, it goes everywhere (yes I did this, not the children, & ended up with very blue hands, a blue table & blue floor)! I would suggest sturdy-based jars rather than tall ones
The construction area is always available. Although I do sometimes add new elements, I often just allow the children to explore & create with the existing materials. I love it when I catch the girls building together…
Outside, we enjoyed the spring sunshine & made a fire engine. It even had ‘controls’…
Only a week until we finish for the Easter break now, so it may be a couple of weeks before I post again. We’ll see!
Thanks for reading!