Keeping the children safe is our number 1 priority, so our annual Easter Egg hunt with families was this year replaced with fun and exciting Easter themed activities throughout the week , including finding the eggs hidden around the setting.
We also enjoyed preparing for and taking part in our own Carnival, as celebrated in many cultures, usually before Lent, involving public celebrations, parades and street parties. We made homemade masks and provided the children chance to dress up before we had a parade around pre-school to ‘chase away the winter and welcome spring’. We finished off our busy morning with a yummy doughnut.
We have been encouraging the children to engage in risk-taking whilst considering their own and others safety. We have also been positiviely reinforcing their wishes and choices to look after each other and their pre-school this week.
The children were invited to dress as their favourite characters for a morning filled with familiar stories, active story telling, story creating and opportunities for reading and enjoying books throughout the setting.
During difficult times we have based our planning on the children’s happiness and wellbeing. We have therefore been focusing on what is important to them, what they like, want and need, and we have particularly enjoyed learning about and celebrating festivals and special events.
As we think about moving on we worked together on activities that made us think about growth and change. We started with plants including lifecycles and growing cress, beans and flowers, before exploring fruit and vegetables as we began to think about our own health and our own growth.
The children were still talking about our ‘fun science lesson’ so we thought we should try the ‘skittles’ experiment with them in support of our colour theme this week. We were very impressed with their interest, focus and their patience as they waited for the exciting results, initially watching how to create a skittle rainbow, before having a turn to try independantly. The highlight for the children turned out to be mixing the colours at the end, and finding out what happened to the bottom of the skittles.
We provided the children with individual bowls of cornflour, along with water and food colouring for them to combine, explore and play with freely. The children decided to find out what would happen if they also added soap.