Frozen, the film, has been a regular feature of discussion in our classroom just recently & so we’ve had a bit of a ‘frosty’ feel to the classroom this week. It seemed a little odd now that we’ve finally seen some sun, but the children loved it & embraced it fully.
Update (15th Jan, 2015): I notice a few of you are currently visiting this post. If it is Frozen or Winter activities you are interested in, there are more here 🙂
Here are some of the things we have experienced this week…
We are continuing to work on number recognition & counting skills & I feel that the children are more inclined to work on this when they have an interest in the resources we use. Of course they will always do more when an adult is directing them, but I love discovering some of the things they have chosen to do independently…
Foil plates (8 for £1 in the Pound shop) & ‘frosty’ loose parts – my homemade sparkly nuggets (see how I made them here), mosaic pieces, strings of beads, jewels & plastic ice-like ‘crystals’…
Not an activity that links with ‘Frozen’ at all, but some of the children were playing with stones last week; making patterns, exploring the texture etc, so it is an activity purely linked with their interest in mind. The book, ‘If Rocks Could Sing’ describes itself as a ‘discovered alphabet’ & has stones in lots of different shapes that represent things beginning with all the letters. We had lots of discussion around it & some of the children now want to look for interesting shaped stones when they go to the beach in the upcoming break.
A found another dressing table mirror in a charity shop this week & placed it on a small table with a flat mirror. The basket of rainbow blocks ‘lives’ next to this table & I was thrilled to discover the children building with them & then pulling the rope light over it to see what the colours looked like. We turned the lights off to see what each creation looked like in a darker room…
The children love ‘excavating’ things frozen in ice. The ‘jewels’ (Christmas tree garlands) looked beautiful…
Oh my word, were the children excited by this! On arriving, one little girl proudly showed me her dress. It had a picture of Elsa from Frozen on it, “Look at this!”. I pointed to the small world & said, “Look at this…” & she literally screamed! I was worried it might be a little girl-orientated, but both the boys & girls enjoyed playing in this area. They loved being dressed as princesses & princes at the same time. We don’t have many ‘prince’ costumes, but the boys were satisfied with fabric cloaks 😉
Sparkles on the Light Box
Glitter in a tray for mark making & snowflakes in jars for pattern making. Anything with glitter is popular with my class & the light underneath the tray really makes their marks stand out, so they loved this & it really encouraged them to mark make…
Sparkly play dough & a range of loose parts to explore… I love seeing what they create with the extra resources. It makes the play dough so much more than just kneading & rolling…
I have some really thick tin foil (given to me by a friend who used to work in a packing factory). It’s much thicker than that you buy in the supermarket & is brilliant for school use as it’s so strong. I thought it might make a good base for some transient art. A few children were interested in it but they were far more taken with the other areas of provision…
Fairies in a Sand Tray
The girls loved the fairies last week & so I moved them to another area. However, they were so taken by everything else that only one child chose to access this…
We are now on a two week break from school & it’s report writing for me, so you may or not may not hear from me for a while. We’ll see…
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