Animals & Nature

Animals & Nature

This weeks activities have either come about as a result of child-initiated discussions (around ‘pets’ & animals) or because we’re still finishing investigating some nature-based things. At the same time, I try very hard to follow objective-led planning & so all areas have these in mind too.

Here are some of our activities…

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Discovery Table

Continuing with previous planting & seed investigations…

Seeds and plants - from Rachel (",)

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Animals in the ‘Pet World’

Various children have been talking to me about their pets over the past few days & as I have some pet-themed small world animals I thought they might enjoy a little world full of them…

Pet world from Rachel (",)

 

Pet world from Rachel (",)

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Finger Gym

Stones, gemstones & mini ladybirds…

Rocks, gemstones and ladybirds on the Finger Gym - from Rachel (",)

 

Rocks, gemstones and ladybirds on the Finger Gym - from Rachel (",)

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Maths Area

Quite simple really; butterflies, glass nuggets & a selection of numbered resources (wooden numbers, wooden chips & flowers & also butter beans)…

Counting and Numeral Recognition - from Rachel (",)

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Panda ‘World’

One of the girls brought in a book to show me, all about pandas, so I couldn’t resist creating this with her in mind…

Panda World from Rachel (",)

 

Panda World from Rachel (",)

 

Panda World from Rachel (",)

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Water Tray

Bird seed & birds…

Bird seed and birds... from Rachel (",)

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Sand Tray

Slithering snakes…

Slithering snakes in the sand... from Rachel (",)

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Agate Slices on the Lightbox

I put the mirror box on here too, so lots of exploring reflection as well as looking at the beautiful agates…

Agates Sices on the Light and Mirror Boxes - from Rachel (",)

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Train Play

This is left out from last week after popular demand. I didn’t share it here last week as I posted about Garden Maths Ideas instead, but they have really enjoyed the simple play. The mirror on the table adds an alternative perspective & I added blocks & people too…

Simple train play... from Rachel (",) Simple train play from Rachel (",)

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Play Dough

Nothing to do with animals or nature but we need to continue to work on recognising letters, so that has been the focus here this week – a mixture of adult directed & simple play…

Play dough phonics - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

– Rachel (“,)

10 Comments

  1. Such gorgeous provocations for learning as ever. I really like how you created a mini small world in response to one child’s interest in pandas- I bet she loved it and that really values her and her interests 🙂

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    • Thank you again, lovely TwitterPal (“,) Yes, she loved her Panda world 😉

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  2. So beautiful! Where did you get your agate slices?
    Can’t wait to see what you set up for next week! REALLY enjoying stalking, I mean, following you!
    ChrisinVA

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    • Haha, thanks Chris! The agate slices actually came from the Early Excellence Centre in Huddersfield (England), but I know you can buy them online & from eBay (“,)

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  3. You’ve inspired me as always, can’t wait to try some these ideas out with my class 🙂

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    • Oh thank you, Amy, that’s lovely! Have fun 😀

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  4. I love the letter stamps, as well as everything else, where did you get them?

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    • Can’t remember, but I suspect TTS or YPO (UK based). Lots of the educational catalogues do them (“,)

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  5. What lovely activities! Where did you find the small world pets from? Thanks

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    • Thanks ejay! They were from a private seller on eBay, but are ‘Safari Toobs Pets’ & are available on Amazon 🙂

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