Today the children explored our Santa Slime. This consisted of shaving foam, red paint and glitter. The children were very excited to explore the slime and waited patiently around the creative tray. The children shared the experience between themselves by smiling each other and showing each other their hands. We talked about the texture of the foam and asked questions like "What does it feel like?" "Is it hot or cold?" "Is it hard or smooth?" Libby said "it feels Squishy" and laughed.
At small group and circle times, class one sing this song. This promotes the forming of relationships, confidence building, whilst also introducing number language and allowing children to be creative. Singing is a brilliant way to develop language and understanding whilst having fun.
The children are continuing to imagine it is their birthday and the dough is their cake. They are using number language by counting the candles and they are extending their own ideas with support and open ended questions by the adult. The adult is also playing a supportive role when children begin to dispute who the dough belongs to, however the adult gives the children the opportunity to resolve it themselves.
The children are playing with dough in the home corner. They are using their hands to manipulate it into shapes and this promotes fine motor skills which all supports early writing. This group of children are using their first hand experiences in their play by imagining they are making a birthday cake. This is a good demonstration of imaginative play and the children are making candles and miming blowing them out. Children are playing alongside each other which shows that they are content in their play.
The children love singing and dancing and this particularly supports their language development and social development. When we sing we incorporate numbers and teamwork and use words that allow children to develop awareness of concepts such as loud and quiet.