Summer Time

Summer Time

Summer is upon us!  I know lots of you will now have started your break, so I’m not sure how people will read this, but I haven’t finished yet, so sharing lots of play related to this time of year…

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Summery Pictures on the Overhead Projector

Summery pictures on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Bee Inspired Finger Gym

Bee-inspired Finger Gym... from Rachel (",)

Threading bee-inspired patterns…

Threading bee-inspired patterns - from Rachel (",)

Using fine motor skills to put bees onto the flower…

Using fine motor skills to put bees onto the flower - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Create Transient Art

Invitation to create transient art- from Rachel (",)

So much beautiful work…

Transient art - from Rachel (",)

Transient art - from Rachel (",)

A beautiful sunshine…

Transient art - from Rachel (",)

How cute is this ‘bee’?!

Transient art bee - from Rachel (",)

One little girl spent absolutely ages creating a “flower, sunshine and sky picture”. She’s nearly 4, but not quite!… (There’s a video of her creating it on my Instagram page here, if you’d like to see it.)

Flower, sunshine and sky transient art... just starting - from Rachel (",)

Flower, sunshine and sky transient art... nearly finished - from Rachel (",)

The finished masterpiece… ❤️

Flower, sunshine and sky transient art... finished piece - from Rachel (",)

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Transient Art with Rocks, Stones and Pebbles

Oh how I love rocks! This lovely transient art was inspired by the book ‘Natural: Simple Land Art Through The Seasons’… fabulous book!

Transient art with rocks, stones and pebbles - from Rachel (",)

Someone else sorted through some of the rocks in the construction area to find ‘special ones’ to make a volcano with…

Finding special rocks and making a volcano - from Rachel (",)

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Bee-Inspired Maths

With my homemade bees (see this post for how I made them), lots of black and yellow and hexagons…

Bee inspired maths from Rachel (",)

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Butterfly Buttons

I have lots of buttons; we use them for so many things & they’re so cheap to pick up. These ones are beautiful!

Butterfly buttons play - from Rachel (",)

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Summery Citrus Soup

… with oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit in the water tray…

Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit in the water tray. Citrus soup from Rachel (",)

Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit... citrus soup from Rachel (",)

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Small World Play

Birds, butterflies, frogs and people…

Birds, butterflies, frogs and people in the small world area - from Rachel (",)

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Summer-Inspired LED Box

For all the people asking, this box is from Ikea. We love it!

Summer-inspired LED box... from Rachel (",)

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Dough & Loose Parts

Dough and loose parts - from Rachel (",)

We had my special lids with the dough too, but I forgot to bring the photos of them being used home…

Daisy lids with the dough - from Rachel (",)

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Ladybirds on the Light Panel

Counting and pattern work (homemade ladybirds in this post)…

Ladybirds on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

We didn’t actually use my glass pebble ladybirds and bees because I need to redo them (super old now), but I thought I’d share a photo of some of them in their ‘dilapidated’ state… 😉

Old glass pebble bees and ladybirds... need re-painting! - from Rachel (",)

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Flower Pot Fun!

Very amusing, watching this flower pot ‘walk’ around the garden…

Plant pot head - from Rachel (",)

And don’t be fooled by the snake poking out of the top – it’s a ‘Spy Cam’! (See here for a video of it in action.)

Spy Cam in the flower pot - from Rachel (",)

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Gross Motor Work on the Balance Ropes

Gross motor work on the balance ropes outdoors - from Rachel (",)

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Natural Geoboards

Out they come again!

Fine motor work with natural geoboards - from Rachel (",)

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Sorting Flowers

Sorting flowers - from Rachel (",)

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Sweeping Leaves and Flowers

The leaves were easier!!

Sweeping flowers - from Rachel (",)

Sweeping leaves - from Rachel (",).

Phonics

Matching, blending and segmenting. We mostly do this orally, but those who are ready have learned the graphemes too…

Matching, blending and segmenting - simple phonics work from Rachel (",)

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Old Posts

A few old related posts…

Summer Play 

Summer

Flowers in the Classroom 

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Thanks for reading!

Still another week to go for us, but have a fabulous break if you’ve now finished for the summer!

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

.Bee lunch bag shared by Rachel (",)

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Creating flower, sunshine and sky transient art - from Rachel (",)

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18 Comments

  1. Love the bee inspired maths.
    I am in awe of your resources. Being a small private pack away nursery, budget or space always gets in the way of what we can have.
    Definitely going to do the citrus water play this week.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great summer.

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    • Ah thanks, Josie! My resources have been collected over many, many years (& I’ve spent a LOT of money!).
      Don’t envy you being a pack-away setting.
      I’ve just added in a link for how I made the bees (& also the numbered ladybirds on the light panel), because I forgot to do that before.
      Enjoy your citrus play – it smells delicious! x

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  2. I came across your posts by chance but what a happy accident.
    Your photos and ideas have really inspired me and for the first time in a long time I can’t wait until September to use some of your ideas! You are a genius and I really appreciate you taking the time to share all your amazing ideas.
    Thank you

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely comment, Alison! So pleased to have inspired you in some way 🙂

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  3. This looks fab. Where did you buy your light box?

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    • Mine is a colour changing light panel from YPO, but I’m not sure if they do it anymore. I think you might be able to get the same one from TTS though 🙂

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  4. Thank you for another year of inspiration, Rachel – I always look forward to seeing your posts arrive in my inbox! Like you, we’ve not quite finished yet; I hope that you enjoy a wonderful summer break when it finally arrives!

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    • Thank you, Sarah!
      You have a lovely break too! x

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  5. I just love your post. You are my inspiration and I’m using lost of your ideas in our kindergarden. One question, maybe two:
    where do you buy the buttefly butons? And your fantastic books?

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    • The butterfly buttons will have either been from Amazon or eBay.
      Most of my books are from Amazon.
      Thank you for the lovely comment! 🙂

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      • I just ordered some from ebay. Thanks Rachel for another inspiring post
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        • Fab!

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  6. I am so inspired from your ideas and posts! Thank you so much for taking the time to share a glimpse into your classroom. I love those floral shaped outlines. Can you tell me what those are?

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    • Thank you!
      The flower shapes are actually scarf hangers. I just removed the hooks.
      Mine came from a charity shop, but I’ve seen them on eBay

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  7. Hi and again WOW all the way from Canada! We love all your ideas that are such an inspiration to us and the kids.
    I was wondering do you have a post about your colorful wood rings and those colorful flat round disks. I must of missed it but I really like them and would like to either make some or buy some. I love how you use them in transient art!!

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    • Ah, thank you for your fabulous comment, Nancy!
      I haven’t done a specific post about the rings etc on the blog. Maybe I should! I have shared some pictures over on my Instagram page though – I use them a lot with my Grimm’s rainbows. (https://www.instagram.com/stimulatinglearningwithrachel/ )

      In case it’s helpful, they are ‘Grapat rings’ and ‘Grapat coins’. Not the cheapest but ethically produced and very versatile. Love them!

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      • Thank you so much, I’ll look into getting some.

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        • 🙂

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