A planned visit to The Chestnut Centre has inspired some of this week’s activities…
Finger Gym Fun
Both of these activities were inspired by photos I’ve seen on Pinterest.
Picking up ‘worms’ (wool) with the ‘bird beaks’ (pegs). Some of the children were asked to use the sand timer for an added challenge. They loved it!
For this next activity, the children were asked to create a ‘hedgehog’ by putting spaghetti into the holes. They had to try & do it without snapping the spaghetti. I really thought there would be lots of snapped spaghetti, but they were very careful with it…
Owls & Hedgehogs in the Maths Area
Various ways to explore number this week…
I made a simple fine-motor peg game – the children were asked to peg the correct number of ‘spikes’ onto the numbered hedgehogs…
The hedgehogs are here if you would like a copy: Numbered hedgehogs without spikes – from Rachel (“,)
Note, that you will need smaller pegs for the larger numbers! There is a blank hedgehog in case you wish to add larger numbers.
I’ve seen a similar game on Pinterest, but I wanted my ‘boards’ to have the numbers in different places, so I created my own. The children rolled the dice & covered the corresponding number with a small pebble…
If you wish to download my Owls game, you can do so here: Owl Game – from Rachel (“,)
Again, I have included boards with blank circles, in case you wish to add different challenges.
These wooden owls were useful for counting activities too (an eBay purchase some time ago)…
We pretended that this was the Chestnut Centre…
These gorgeous ‘Owl Babies’ were made by Tishylishy’s #craftymum – aren’t they fab?!
Owl Babies Story Stones
I made these by scanning pictures from the book & sticking them to stones with PVA glue. I added a layer of PVA glue over the top too. Lovely for story telling & general discussion…
Natural Sensory Tray
Bird seed, conkers, acorns, glass nuggets, bowls with various sized scoops & spoons…
Play Dough Creatures
Brown dough with feathers, matchsticks, buttons & googly eyes…
Natural Transient Art
… with (mostly) natural materials…
Exploring Number at the Lightbox
We continue to work on pencil grip & control. I created handwriting patterns on the Interactive Whiteboard for the children to trace over (there are some downloadable pattern cards in this post if you are you after some).
An Occupational Therapist explained on a course I attended, that some children find it much easier to mark make in a vertical position, than leaning over a table…
More pattern work with water & chalkboards. This time I pre-drew the patterns on a large chalkboard & the children used paintbrushes & cotton buds, dipped in water, to trace over & ‘erase’ them. They could also create their own patterns with the water…
Building with the Small Bricks
Owls & hedgehogs were added to some of the creations when we had a visiting Teaching Assistant…
Another busy week!
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)