The beach-type activities (from this post) were still engaging the children last week & they were still discussing their own experiences, so I didn’t want to lose this momentum. At the same time I was aware that a few of them were ready for some different provocations, to sustain their engagement with the objectives & skills I was developing. With this in mind, some of the areas have only had slight tweaks this week…
I still wanted to work on numeral recognition, counting & sorting in this area, but I added some different beach/sea manipulatives to sustain interest…
Mirrors & whiteboard pens were provided along with glass nuggets, shells, fish beads & stones. I encouraged the children to create patterns with the pens & then add to their designs with the loose parts. We ended up with a mixture of adult & child-generated pen patterns, but the children did all the ‘decorating’ with loose parts…
The children wished to keep their beach, so that’s what we did. I added the mirror box & a few mermaids & turtles, but it is the same apart from that. I love observing the children ‘getting in’ to the area to immerse themselves in their play…
We have still had the ‘beach finds’ from last week, but I added tiles to the table to see if it would make a difference to the way the children explored the materials. Together, we chose different things to put on the tiles & examine, sort & talk about…
Ice creams! Who doesn’t love an ice cream at the beach?! Assorted dough (some left over from last week), play food ice-cream cones with shells, glass nuggets & coloured matchsticks for the children to decorate with…
Slightly adapted from last week; the aquarium gravel has gone & a log & some frogs have been added to encourage more imaginative play. We also talked a little about rock pools & looked at some photographs…
Ocean-inspired… transparent fish beads & extra glass nuggets added to last week’s provision encouraged ‘sea’ play & pattern making – & also some collecting, sorting & shop play!
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