After Halloween comes Bonfire Night – another lovely ‘event’ to celebrate in an Early Years setting.
We have also enjoyed listening to ‘The Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown.
We made ‘fireworks’ with the light rope & rainbow blocks on the floor…
Firework-Inspired Transient Art
The children loved the images of the fireworks & happily talked about their own Bonfire Night experiences. They really enjoyed creating their own transient art firework-inspired pictures…
Threading pipe-cleaners through colanders (& adding beads) was really popular when we did it back during ‘gradual admission‘ at the beginning of September, so we have revisited it. The beads are slightly different & I provided cutlery drainers instead of colanders. We pretended we were creating fireworks…
Really simple pattern making activities – the children could either use mark making implements (pencils, felt-tips etc) on paper, cotton buds on chalk boards or their fingers in glitter. I also provided pattern cards for inspiration – some used them & some preferred to create their own. I don’t have any photos of the children drawing patterns on paper, because I wasn’t quick enough (!), but here are some from the chalkboards & glitter..
These are the cards the children used for examples of patterns.
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Please note that they are hand ‘drawn’ & I am not an artist!!
Dark, dark numbered cups, cards, numbers & nuggets with the addition of various stars. Lots of opportunities for sorting, counting & pattern making…
Paint-Covered Ball Rolling
We love doing this. As well as the usual paint-covered marbles, I also provided ‘tumble drier’ balls. They added a dotted effect to the artwork. We also did it on a larger scale, so that the children could work together to roll the balls around rather than having a go individually…
Epsom Salts & Food Colouring
We enjoyed watching the colours spread as they landed in the salt…
Bonfire Night Dough
Sparkly dough always provides great excitement! I added star shaped cocktail stirrers, glittery pipe-cleaners & star sequins & cutters for the children to create with…
Patterns in the Water Tray
Black water, baby oil & glitter looked so beautiful. We loved the patterns (& sparkly hands!)…
Firework Patterns on the Homemade Lightbox
Surprisingly, the boys were more interested in this, this week, than the girls…
Look at this inventive way one little boy decided to pick up the beaded garlands… great for his fine motor skills!
Gel Bags on the OHP
They started out on the lightbox as a mark-making activity…
… but migrated to the OHP & looked AMAZING! Unfortunately my photos don’t show how fab they looked, but the children loved making patterns on them…
Fireworks in a Jar
We explored adding food colouring to water in this ‘Colour‘ post & I remembered some of the children talking about how it looked like fireworks. So I thought we’d repeat the activity, but on a smaller scale…
We also had a go at dropping food colouring through oil, into water…
… and then we tried adding an effervescent tablet into food colouring, water & oil…
I didn’t get very good photographs, unfortunately, but all the experiments were fascinating to watch & talk about.
Nothing to do with Bonfire Night specifically, but the children have loved listening to a ‘Dark, Dark Tale’ & our doll’s house is perfect to link with it…
Not my idea at all; there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest, but we haven’t done it before & I thought it would be a lovely way to support fine motor development before we hammer golf tees into them. They loved pushing the push-pins into them & then stretching the loom bands & elastic bands around them to create shapes & patterns…
I had a number of other ideas, but we either ran out of time or the weather ‘kaiboshed’ them, so I will ‘shelve’ them for another time…
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