Plans for the Holidays

Plans for the Holidays

Not sure if anyone will read this, seeing as so many of you are now on your summer holidays, but we still have another week to go so I thought I’d share a post anyway. There has been lots of talk of the summer break in school, so I’ve set up a few beach /sea/ocean/holiday inspired opportunities for them to experience. Here are some of the things we have enjoyed…

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Small World

I’ve added a sheer blue sarong to the cheap arches in the small world area. It looks really pretty with the lights twinkling through and adds to the ‘watery’ feel…

Sarong covering the arches - from Rachel (",)

Pirate Play

Pirate small world play from Rachel (",)

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Tracing Line Designs

… with beach-inspired loose parts…

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

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Ice Creams on the Light Panel

They all talked about having ice creams on their holidays, so I added the sundae dishes, pom-poms and spoons to the light panel. Fine motor work and role play…

Ice creams in the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Exploring Shells

Exploring shells - from Rachel (",)

Unicorns

They were everywhere! 🙂

Unicorns in the classroom! - from Rachel (",)

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Counting, Number Recognition and Pattern Work

… with small numbered shells, fish and characters…

Counting, number recognition and pattern work with sea-inspired loose parts - from Rachel (",)

… with turtles and small ocean beads…

Counting and number recognition with ocean-related loose - from Rachel (",)

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Painting Stones with Water

They love this activity! I love that it’s great for their fine motor skills too…

Painting stones with water - from Rachel (",)

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Fish Stones

I made these fish stones a couple of years ago (see how in this post)…

Playing with fish stones - from Rachel (",)

Fish Cake

Fish cake - from Rachel (",)

Playing with the Mermaid Board

We put our sequin board on the floor and added some of the fish characters and stones. Quite tricky to capture in a photo, but so much fabulous language! (If you click here, or on the image it should take you to a video of this.)

Fish stones and characters on the sequin board - from Rachel

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Ocean Play on the Cable Reel

… with spare reversible sequin fabric, sea creatures, rocks and shells…

Ocean play on sequin fabric - from Rachel (",)

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Fish on the OHP

Light and shadow play... fish on the overhead projector - from Rachel (",)

Light and shadow play - from Rachel (",)

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Ocean Dough

Ocean dough from Rachel (",)

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Turtles

Our water tray has sprung a leak (new one on order!), so the turtles were on dry land…

Turtle play from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

If you’ve finished for the summer now, have a fabulous break!

"We made a circle" - from Rachel (",)

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

Fish on the mermaid fabric frame - from Rachel (",)

Counting fish - from Rachel (",)

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18 Comments

  1. As always Rachel, such wonderful ideas to prompt the children’s imagination.
    Have a restful summer and look forward to your autumn ideas

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    • Ah, thank you, Jan! If you get a break this summer, enjoy it!

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  2. We have finished now but are starting off with sea theme to encourage sp &list in September so v useful – thanks
    Have a great summer break ☀️

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    • Oh, fab!
      Have a great summer! x

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  3. Absolutely fabulous Rachel.
    Happy holidays to you when they come xxx

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    • Thank you so much, Elaine!
      Enjoy the break, if you have one! xx

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  4. Thank you for another year of sharing your wonderful ideas, Rachel – they are always such an inspiration.
    Have a restful & relaxing holiday when it arrives!

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    • Oh thank you, Sarah!
      These comments mean so much! 🙂

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  5. Rachel! You are such an inspiration to me! I get so excited when there’s a new post from Stimulating Learning in my inbox! I have tried to mimic many of your brilliant invitations but the one I’ve had the most trouble with is your fabulous large light panel. I’ve tried to build a light table but I can’t get the lighting right. May I ask you where you got your light panel? Or if you built it, how did you do it? I hope your not offended that I asked.

    Thank you so much for making time to share your amazing ideas with all of us!

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    • What a lovely comment, Mary, thank you!
      This is the light panel I have now: https://www.ypo.co.uk/product/detail/D40763
      The colour changing feature is fabulous, but we don’t use it much, so not totally necessary. TTS (in the UK) do them too, if you search ‘light panel’ on their site.

      🙂

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      • Thank you so much Rachel!

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        • You’re welcome! 🙂

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  6. Fabulous ideas, as always! Just wondering where you found the den frame in your pirate play area?

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    • The frame is actually two cheap garden arches (£5.99 each) from Home Bargains (think Wilko do them too). I have them in my outdoor area too, with beans growing over 🙂

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  7. Do teachers ever really take a break? Everywhere I go and everywhere I look inspires ideas for my classroom. Thank you for helping me to plan for next May and June. In California our “summer” season starts earlier.

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    • I’m afraid that the answer is no, I never stop thinking about my classroom! That’s teaching for you though, isn’t it?! At least the pace isn’t the same during the holidays 🙂

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  8. Always a joy to see what you are up to with your possums. Lots of inspiring ideas. Enjoy your summer break. We are enjoying winter down under…

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    • Thank you so much, Sue!
      To be honest, it’s been a wintery here over the last few days!! Typical English summer! Enjoy your winter 🙂

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