The Bank Holiday weekend meant that some of the children in my class were visiting the zoo or safari park & I knew they would be ‘full of it’ when we returned to Nursery. With this in mind, I thought they might enjoy a bit of wild animal play. Here are a few of the experiences we enjoyed…
We loved listening to the story, ‘My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh’ – a lovely book if you are looking at patterns & as the family visit a safari park in the story, great for us this week!
Wild Animal Small World Play
Some of them migrated outside to splash in the puddles too…
Threading – different sized beads, with different size holes & a choice of pipe-cleaners, laces & wire to thread with…
Transferring popcorn kernels (& beads!!)…
I get lots of questions asking if my areas stay tidy, so I thought I’d share the ‘aftermath’ on the finger gym…
I didn’t expect them to explore the beads in this way, but I discovered this at the end of the morning…
Invitation to Snip & Cut
Some of the children still find scissors tricky to manipulate, so starter scissors were available too…
One little boy decided to make a picture…
The willow obelisk was only £1 from Poundland & the children loved threading the large pipe cleaners through it…
I found this ‘abandoned play’ & loved how the child had independently decided to match some colours.
It led to us matching animal prints…
Simple Counting & Number Recognition
These animal print boxes came from Ikea about 12 years ago. I have no idea if they still do them!
Wild Animals in the Dough
Along with stones, glass nuggets, sticks & matchsticks…
Bugs were requested so I put them in the water tray. However, they didn’t stay out for long as they were only played with for a short time…
We swapped them for turtles & they were very popular!
Lizards in the Sand
(& a bit of building with the animal print boxes too!)
Animals & Rainbow Blocks on the Lightbox
They are still loving my handmade triangular prism mirror box 😀
Thanks for reading!
Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂
– Rachel (“,)