Indoor Garden

Indoor Garden

We’ve enjoyed lots of garden-related activities this week. Here are a few of them…

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Trees on the Lightbox

Twigs, glass nuggets & (laminated) skeleton leaves were used to create trees, gardens & patterns. They looked so beautiful on the lightbox, especially when the area was ‘darkened’…

Twigs, nuggets & skeleton leaves on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

 

Twigs, nuggets & skeleton leaves on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

 

Twigs, nuggets & skeleton leaves on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

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Garden Maths

My homemade glass nugget & wooden bees & also my ladybirds were placed in the area along with numbered flowers & cups to encourage numeral recognition, counting, pattern making & sorting…

Garden Maths - from Rachel (",)

 

Garden Maths - from Rachel (",)

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Flowers on the Discovery Table

We’ve put some white Carnations in coloured water to see what will happen. This was an activity we used to have fun with all the time when I was teaching in Key Stage One & we usually had success with the flowers changing colour. However, there were times when it just didn’t work & some of the flowers this time are actually a pale green colour, so we shall see. Fingers crossed!

Flowers on the Discovery Table... from Rachel (",)

At the end of the week, last week, one of the girls brought in a gemstone to show me & I promised her I would bring in some from home. I placed these on this table too, as an added interest for them to explore…

Flowers on the Discovery Table... from Rachel (",)

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Twigs on the Finger Gym

Twigs & wool – lots of fine motor fun here as the children wrapped the wool around the twigs. This was done with varying degrees of success – some needed lots of support, others managed it by themselves (although needed help with knotting)…

Wrapping twigs in wool - from Rachel (",)

 

Wrapping twigs in wool - from Rachel (",).

Dough Gardens

Coloured, scented dough, ladybirds, flower beads, plants & corks were provided for the children to create a garden (or whatever else they wished)…

Garden dough - from Rachel (",)

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Natural Geoboard

We’ve also been exercising our fine-motor muscles on our natural wood-slice geoboards. We used elastic bands & loom bands for this (thanks to my TwitterPal @Tishylishy for the loom band idea 🙂 )

Fine-motor fun with natural geoboards - from Rachel (",)

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Garden in the Water Tray

Simply soil, plants & gardening equipment…

Gardening in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

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Picnic

I usually provide more open-ended resources for the children to use as food as there is much more scope for creativity, imagination & higher-level play, but a couple of the children spotted these in the cupboard & requested them…

Garden picnic - from Rachel (",)

 

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We’ve also had lots of fun in the sunshine outdoors, but I have no photos to share as the children are difficult to crop.

Hope you’ve had a lovely week!

Thanks for reading!

Rache (“,)

6 Comments

  1. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for sharing – as inspirational as ever. I especially love the Geoboards and loom bands idea – very on trend!!!!

    Keep up the good work.

    Susie x

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    • My hubby made the Geoboards. I love them! 😉

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  2. where do you find all your beautiful wooden trays? And the wooden numbers I can’t seem to find them. Your 3 sided mirror the one with the gems on it, did you make that or buy it? If you bought it where? If you made it, How? Thanks so much I love your site it is soooo beautiful Thank you so much.

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    • Hi Barb, thank you so much for your kind comments, it really makes my day! 😀
      Now, to answer your questions…
      Wooden trays/bowls: They’re mostly eBay purchases & some charity shops. I’ve bought them over a long period of time though & got some real bargains. They’re more popular these days so you have to keep your eyes peeled for the good deals!

      Wooden numbers: Are you in the UK? If so, my wooden numbers are just from Hobbycraft. £2 for 2 sets 0-9. They are natural wood & I just paint them with normal paint (although I use the natural version sometimes too).

      Three sided mirror: I made it. Just bought a cheap set of mirrors from Ikea & gaffer taped them together (about £6 for 4 mirrors, I think). It’s very sturdy, but if it did break it wouldn’t shatter because of the tape – it covers the back completely (“,)

      Hope that helps!
      Thanks again for taking the time to comment.
      Rachel (“,) x

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  3. Hi, love all these ideas!!

    Where did you get the pots that the wool is in? love the lids on them!

    Thanks, Hayley

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    • Thanks Hayley (“,)
      The jars are just ‘Kilner’ jars – you can buy them in lots of supermarkets & Hobbycraft. I bought the lids online separately (originally for a party – the jars were for drinks & I wanted something to the stand straws in). I think they might be called daisy jar lids, but it’s quite a while since I bought them.
      Hope that helps! 😀

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