This week was all about EXPLORING SAND inside our nursery and in our new outdoor sandpit.
By giving children the opportunity to play with sand by themselves and with others, helps them to develop fine motor skills like those necessary to use a small shovel, pull a truck and build a castle or moat. Sand play can also help children develop social skills like problem solving, sharing, and communicating.
Stencil Sand Pictures
The children spread glue with a brush within the stencil shapes. They then sprinkled polenta powder (which is similar to sand texture but finer) on the glue and after they shook off the excess polenta to reveal their very own sand pictures.
We mixed flour and baby oil together and the result was a very soft mixture that was great for making castles. The children filled up small pots with this special mixture and were prompted to turn them over to see what would happen.
Our sand tray is always a popular place to be with the 2 year olds. They scooped and patted the sand, filled buckets and made lots of sandcastles.
We thought that all the sandcastles we were making this week needed flags. So the children were encouraged to decorate their own unique flags.
Time to Explore Sand Outside
The children played by themselves and along with others in the outdoor sandpit. They filled buckets to make sandcastles, they dug holes in the sand, swept the sand off the path with a sweeping brush or with their fingers and played with diggers in the sand too.
Sea Pictures With Blue Sand (Polenta mixed with blue paint)
It’s been all about texture this week so another creative activity was to encourage the children to develop their fine motor skills whilst exploring sand like textures. They used their hands and fingers to hold a brush to spread the glue on the paper, then picked up the sand like mixture by pinching their fingers together and sprinkling it on the gluey paper.
Making a Cardboard Castle
When there is painting to do the children are never far away. They painted cardboard boxes and tubes yellow and put them to dry ready to make them into a bright yellow castle. Now, that’s what I call teamwork!!
Have a great weekend everyone and hope you come back refreshed and ready to enjoy another fun packed week on Monday.