Superheroes, Princesses & Monsters Mish-Mash

Superheroes, Princesses & Monsters Mish-Mash

With only a fortnight left of the ‘year’, we have had a bit of a mish-mash this week – a mixture of requested activities & previously enjoyed resources.

Here are some of them…

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Superheroes & Princesses Mish-Mash

A mish-mash of blocks, superheroes & princesses – all requests from both the boys & girls…

Superheroes and Princesses - from Rachel (",)

Superheroes and Princesses - from Rachel (",)

Apparently superman is really good at rescuing princesses…

Superman saves the day - from Rachel (",)

… and princesses are great at ‘guarding the genie in the lamp’…Protecting the lamp- from Rachel (",)

We especially enjoyed these two books and I spotted a few children taking them into the small world area to look through and ‘read’ as they played…

Superhero books shared by Rachel (",)

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Building & Creating

Mini terracotta bricks, small wooden blocks, fairies & monsters – what will the children create?…

Building and Creating from Rachel (",)

 

Building and Creating from Rachel (",)

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Princess Jewels on the Finger Gym

Beads from unwanted or broken bracelets & necklaces. They looked very inviting in the jars…

Exploring beads in jars... from Rachel (",)

Lots of sorting, matching & exploring, and some of the boys made up a game. They had a race to see who could be the quickest to empty the jars – the rule was that they had to use the tweezers…

Exploring and sorting beads from Rachel (",)

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Maths Area

Monsters, superheroes, numbers & glass nuggets. The little peg people are numbered on the bottom. I have deliberated for a good year now whether or not to paint them, but so far have stopped myself as they are so open-ended this way. I may still paint the bodies…

Counting monsters and superheroes from Rachel (",)

One little girl mixed the lot up & then proceeded to carefully re-sort it…

Mixing and Sorting from Rachel (",)

I found one of the boys creating this…

Making Sully - from Rachel (",)

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Creative Area

The children have really enjoyed using their fine motor skills on our previous ‘line design’ activities, so I thought it might be nice to fill at a table with them…

Full Table Line-Designs - from Rachel (",)

I was so pleased with their perseverance…

Full Table Line-Designs - from Rachel (",)

The table looked beautiful when the lines were filled…

Full Table Line-Designs - from Rachel (",)

As there were still loose parts when the designs were finished, the children decided to use them to make their own patterns (& just generally empty the bowls 😉 )…

Full Table Line-Designs - from Rachel (",)

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Colour on the Lightbox

Laminated cellophane numbers & coloured counters – pattern work, counting & exploring colour…

Laminated numbers & clear counters on the lightbox - from Rachel (",)

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Water Tray

As we finish for the summer next week & the freezer will need defrosting, I thought we better use up a few things – we still had some dinosaurs frozen in ice from this week & I had made an ice castle for our ‘Frozen‘ week which I forgot all about (!!), so…

Exploring ice - from Rachel (",)

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Next week will be the last week of the year & who knows what it will bring. I may share it with you, or I must just by lying in a corner in a darkened room somewhere… 😉

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Thanks of reading!

Rachel (“,)

21 Comments

  1. Wow what a busy week you’ve had! It looked really exciting. Haven’t heard of Nat Fantastic, might need to get a copy, is Nat a boy or girl? You have so many cool resources!

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    • Ah thanks, Natalie! Nat is a boy 😉

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  2. I just discovered you through pinterest and am in awe! Normally I feel the summer term feeling a little dispirited but after seeing all this I’m looking forward to hunting for things for my class over the summer. I have slightly older children than you (YR/Y1) but I’m sure I can make some things work. Now need to do some thinking about how to make some lovely set ups (especially for small world) easy to set up and put away – dinners are served in my room so everything has to be completely tidied for lunchtime…

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    • Oh thank you, Hettie, what a lovely comment! 😀
      I think the things I do could definitely be adapted for your age group – it’s all about how you use the resources & interact with the children, isn’t it?
      Having to clear up completely for lunches must be hard work, but it’s possible to train the children to do it with you. My class always tidy for lunch (unless in the middle of some amazing construction or set-up) – they never quite do it the way the adults do, obviously, but that’s fine! (“,)

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      • Of course – mine are actually pretty good at tidying. Those who work with older children are often surprised at just how well they all go their little teams and tidy up their given space. I was thinking of things like sorting resources so the basics can be found and put away easily, making ‘shopping’ lists so it could be quickly seen what was needed to resource an area, photos to show what the finished set up looks like. Maybe narrower trays (rather than tuff spots) so that resources can be left in and the whole tray taken out of the room. Lots of things to think about! 3days left to go – have a great summer!

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  3. Hi Rachel
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. It has given me the inspiration to reorganise my reception classroom.
    Where did you get the hexagonal shapes from?

    Catherine x

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    • Hello Catherine,
      The hexagonal shapes are from eBay. I’m afraid I can’t remember the exact ‘shop’ as I’ve had them for some time, but I’m sure you’ll find some if you do a search. If I come across them I’ll email you the link.

      Have fun reorganising your classroom!
      Rachel (“,)

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  4. I want to work in your room it looks so inviting and the children are clearly all very engaged. Certainly going to pinch some of your ideas.
    Can I ask where you get all your small world figures and Sully/Mike characters from?
    Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy your summer and end the next two days on a high rather then hiding in a corner, although it’s very temping.

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    • The little Sully/Mike/Spiderman characters are bought cheaply from eBay (generally £1-£2 for 10, but you have to bid for them). I have all sorts! A warning though, the ones with sticky-out bits can be quite brittle – I have lost the odd leg or wing after they’ve been accidentally dropped.
      I’ve been collecting small world ‘figures’ for years & they’re from a mixture of online, eBay & normal shops.

      5 days to go for me. Lots to do! 😉

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      • I am so in love with your website. I keep pinning and getting excited over and over about how to use your ideas in my class (I teach 3&4 year olds). I see your answers as to where you have located items for the above and other small world items. I would like to start implementing this idea. I have some things already that would be great, but need more. I don’t know what items to look for or what items you have liked best. For instance, on the figurines, do you have certain themes in mind (Disney, super heroes, etc.) and then look for them on eBay?

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        • Hi Collette,
          Thank you for your lovely comment! (“,)
          I find that some small world items will be popular year in, year out with at least some of the children – such as dinosaurs, princesses, fairies, superheroes, pirates, farm animals, wild animals, sea creatures, cars/diggers etc, so I would always like to have those available.
          As far as more specific characters/creatures go, I observe & listen to the children to see what they are interested in & try to collect things linked with these interests – hence the ‘Frozen’ theme.
          I have no idea yet, what the children in my new class in September will be inspired by & so will need to find this out as I play with them. Hope that helps a little?
          Rachel (“,)

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  5. Hi Rachel. Where did you get your hexagonal open blocks/frames. I love them ???

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    • Hi Pat – they were an eBay purchase, but I’m afraid I can’t remember the exact ‘shop’.

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  6. Hi Rachel – a bit out of the blue but have you ever considered putting all your fab ideas into a book? Please make contact if you would?
    Helen

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    • Goodness, Helen!
      I will certainly think about it.
      Thank you!
      – Rachel (“,)

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      • Could you send me your email address so I can send you some more details?
        Thanks
        Helen

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  7. Where did u get the hexagonal blocks for the princesses?

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    • I think you might mean the ones I used with the fairies. They were from eBay. Search wooden hexagon decoupage frame (“,)

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  8. What did you use to draw the lines on the table? I think it’s a fun idea but wanted to make sure I use the right thing for an easy clean up afterwards! Thanks!

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    • Hi Ashley. I haven’t drawn on the table; it has brown paper on it. I’ve just used a black felt to draw the patterns 🙂

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