Dragon & Castle Play

Dragon & Castle Play

The dragon in our Chinese New Year celebrations last week sparked some new play activities for us this week. Here are some of the things we enjoyed…

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Tracing Line Designs

…with loose metal parts…

Tracing line designs with loose metal parts - from Rachel (",)

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Creating Dragons

… and other pictures with shapes…

Creating dragons and other pictures with shapes - from Rachel (",)

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Castle Small World

A very popular area – they want this to stay out next week too…

Castle small world play - from Rachel (",)

This is how some of the children left it one morning. I loved the addition of the trees and coconut houses…

Small world castle play set up by the children - from Rachel (",)

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Laminated Shapes on the OHP

Dragons and other pictures…

Laminated cellophane shapes on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Building Small-Scale Castles

The mirrors add a different dimension..

Building small-scale castles - from Rachel (",)

Building small-scale castles - from Rachel (",)

Building small-scale castles - from Rachel (",)

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Decorating Crowns

… on the light panel (simple drawings on acetate sheets)…

Castle play... decorating acetate crowns on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Dragon Swamp

Soap flakes and food colouring. Very slimy, very bubbly and lots of fun!

Dragon swamp (soap flakes and food colouring) - from Rachel (",)

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Playing with Dough

Creating dragons and other creatures with loose parts. We used old dough at the end of last week when I introduced it, but had fresh marbled dough at the beginning of this week…

Creating dragons and other creatures with dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Sharing Books

I love ‘catching’ them doing this! Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the collection of books we used, hopefully you can see some of them in the photos of the areas.

Sharing books - from Rachel (",)

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Tap A Shape Dragons

… and other creatures…

Tap-A-Shape dragons and other pictures - from Rachel (",)

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Castle Feast

Always so popular!

Enjoying a castle feast - from Rachel (",)

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Weaving

(Through the cheap drainer mats I’ve shared before.)

Weaving through a cheap drainer mat - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Out Jewels for the Crown

(Tray from TTS)

Number recognition and counting with shape buttons and a crown - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Crowns

Counting crowns - from Rachel (",)

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Building Castles

Indoors…

Building castles - from Rachel (",)

Outdoors…

Building castles outdoors - from Rachel (",)

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Outdoor Cooking

… for the Queen, of course!

Dinner fit for a queen... from Rachel (",)

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Painting

Always lots of independent painting, but I loved this ‘dragon’s cave’…

A dragon cave - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading and happy Half Term, if you’ve finished. Another week to go for us…

Castle on the mermaid fabric board - from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)

Chatting princesses - from Rachel (",)

10 Comments

  1. Great post, as usual, Rachel. Can you tell me what the frames are that you use for threading please?

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    • Do you mean the ones we used for weaving? If so, they are cheap drainer mats from Morrisons. Think they were a pound each. Bought them last year or the year before.

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  2. Thanks for making me make another shopping list!! 😉 this week it’s cheap draining mats and *that* fabric!
    Lovely too see all of your ideas as usual 🙂

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    • Happy shopping, Ben!

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  3. I love the tiny bricks in the first photo. Who makes them?

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    • They are called ‘Teifoc’ bricks, Ruth 🙂

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  4. So inviting!! Please tell me where you get the characters from.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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    • Thanks, Karen! I’ve collected small world figures for years from places like the Early Learning Centre, toy shops, car boot sales, charity shops eBay & Amazon, so these aren’t recent purchases. Search eBay for private sellers. Also, Safari Toobs do a large range of mini figures.
      Hope that helps a bit x

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  5. Do you make your own play dough and if you do do you use food colouring.

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    • Yes, either me or my TA makes it. We tend to use either food colouring, icing gel or paint to colour it.

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