We had a few “This is me!” pictures drawn independently last week, which prompted discussions about our faces. With this in mind, I set up a few activities linked with faces and families. We still had all the usual ‘interest’ things such as superhero & popular character little books/papers & the children asked if we could keep the princesses & pirates.
Here are some of the opportunities the children explored…
Faces on the Lightbox
Really simple – glass nuggets & beaded garlands. I also provided face shapes on acetate. The children loved creating faces!!
Letter Hunt on the Finger Gym
Rice, magnetic lowercase letters, wooden capital letters, magnets & tweezers. The children were asked to look for letters from their name & did this with with the magnets or tweezers. Some don’t recognise any of the letters yet, but they enjoyed the magnetic play & the tweezers are good for their fine-motor development…
Of course there was also general rice play too!
Transient Art Faces
A variety of loose parts & the fab book ‘Faces’ by Zoe Miller & David Goodman…
There were a couple of children who created a face & then poured all the loose parts over the top of it…
Faces with the Dough
We used play dough mats from Picklebums for this (you can download them here). Nuggets, googly eyes, buttons & pipe-cleaners were also provided…
Anyone for tea?
… or coffee! Loose tea & instant coffee with a miniature pottery tea-set & tiny spoons. I have been wanting to use the spoons in some way for some time now – my bestest Twitterpals @Blamehound, @mac_phillips & @clairewiththere & I found them on recent day out together in the summer holidays. They were perfect for this sensory, fine-motor role-play activity & it was very popular. Lots of pretending to be mummy or daddy & very interesting concoctions made!
I originally set it out like this…
… but soon had to transfer it to a tray as it went everywhere & was a bit slippy on the floor..
I love children’s drawings of themselves…
Sorting, counting, matching & pattern making with the sorting people…
Building for Family & Friends
Small terracotta bricks (they are called ‘Teifoc’ bricks & are fab!) & small wooden blocks with people. The children enjoyed building houses & roads for the people…
Of course, some are still at the stage of just piling everything onto the table!
Princess & Pirates Continued…
As mentioned before, the children still wanted these resources out. I tweaked it a little by adding the base from a fairy set-up, but it has all the same resources apart from that.
I had some fab comments on my Facebook page as to what this little line-up might be up to…
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)