This week we decided to extended the Farm Animals theme by introducing our feathery friends to the children: chickens, chicks, ducks and ducklings.
To introduce the subject we stimulated our children’s curiosity mainly through the senses.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (touch)
One day we set up a table with feathers and some duck and chicks toys. We encouraged the children to touch and feel the feathers. We talked about real life animals and most importantly: we let the feathers fly throwing them or blowing them!
Last Wednesday we gather several pictures illustrating different sheep and lambs. We looked at the pictures and helped children notice how they have a special wool. We encouraged children to touch the fake lambswool (cotton wool) to help them understand. Some of them decided to go further in the experience and created their own lamb using paper, cotton wool, glue and paper eyes.
We had farm animal puzzles on our tables; we played association games which encourage children to match baby animals and their mothers (chick/hen;…).
FINGER GYM and COORDINATION
They had also had some threading, play dough, and farm problem-solve puzzles for their to explore. But the messy “gloop” was the more interesting by far: sticky, fun to mix with food colouring to create new colours and the wooden spoons were perfect to help them make same marks and patterns.
Because we love singing, we had time every day to sing with the children 5 little ducks, Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Bumping tractor. Playing in our small world animal farm we could ask children to think about what animals need or eat.
And we discussed images of animals and their babies; how are they different/alike?
Other ARTS & CRAFTS: Exploring with ice paints
It was lots of fun watching the 2 years old use the ice paints. They did lots of different pictures and enjoyed the whole process as much as the end product.
Also, using the stick required lots of great use of their fine motor skills
they could be as creative as they liked and sensory awareness was high.
We have noticed these last two weeks that our children are engaging more than ever in our building area, they are developing their imagination building animal shelters with big wooden blocks; some of them are experiencing a sense of achievement as they “have a go” and create their unique towers; and most importantly, several children have started to build together: they take turns, share materials and cooperate with others, forging new friendships.
Our new 2 years old are enjoying their new setting so far. We found out that feeding the chickens is one of their favourite activities of the day so far! 🙂