Well this week we have rested our voices after all of the practicing we have been doing for our Christmas play and we have had lots of fun doing what we do best - playing and learning. Miss Shelton has put her cooking skills to the test made snowmen biscuits with the children, weighing then mixing the ingredients together, rolling the dough and choosing which shape they wanted - circle or heart. Quite a few of them worked out the circles were bigger!
We have had lots of cutting and sticking - candy canes, Christmas bookmarks as well as threading with the dinosaurs in the spaghetti!
The children have been showing a lot of interest in numbers and counting this week so we have counted the pictures on cards and used pegs to select the correct number. We have taken it in turns to count the children at circle time as well as the adults, talking about which groups have more and which groups have less.
We have taken advantage of the frost in the garden looking for spiders webs and we found some had flies stuck in them. The children have been making hand prints in the frost outside and making footprint trails which they can follow.
It had been very cold in the garden when the sun goes down and at circle time the children pointed out the sun was in the adventure playground so we decided to play a game of follow my leader to the adventure playground and practice our climbing and balancing skills.
On Friday we had a special visit from Anna from Zoo Lab. She brought some friends with her but first she explained her 3 rules. Rule 1 - sit on our bottoms. Rule 2 - be quiet so we don't frighten her friends. Rule 3 - wash our hands after. So we went on the Great Adventure with Zola (the elf) and Santa. They started off in Africa where they met 'George' the African Land Snail. We held and stroked him and some of us just waved to him - his shell was very hard and when we held him he felt 'wet' and 'soggy'. His eyes were on two 'stalks' which he uses to find the leaves and grass that he eats. We also found out that he had two noses !!
'Back to the Adventure' Santa and Zola went to India where they met 'Groot' the stick insect. Groot also eats leaves and greenery and when he sits on your hand - if you turn your hand upside down he sticks to it! He felt really 'sticky'.
'Back to the Adventure' Santa and Zola went to Australia where they met 'Bubba' the tree frog. Bubba has sticky pads on the tips of his fingers and toes and he can breathe through his lungs as well as his skin. Bubba's back is green to he is camouflaged in the trees and his belly is white so he is camouflaged against the clouds. We couldn't hold or touch Bubba we just watched him in his tank.
'Back to the Adventure' Santa and Zola went to Madagascar where they met Philippe the hissing cockroach. We were allowed to hold Philippe but not many of us did! He likes to eat lots of different food and his favourite is pizza, paper, t-shirts and poo! We learnt that Philippe can live without his head as he has a brain in his head as well as in his bottom!
'Back to the Adventure' Santa and Zola wen to North America to meet 'Charlie' the American Albino Corn Snake. He was so pretty and he let all of us hold or stoke him - even the teachers.
Santa and Zola's last stop was England where they finished delivering all of the presents and made their way back to the North Pole. When they landed at the North Pole, Zola went to find the carrots to feed the reindeers but someone had eaten them! There in the corner munching away at the last carrot was 'Ron', a desert mouse - or we call him a gerbil. Ron was very patient letting us stroke him but Anna kept hold of him just in case he ran off!
Don't forget it is the party on Wednesday 19th December 1pm - 3pm and then we break up for Christmas. Please make sure you bring your forms back if you haven't already done so as we will be shopping on Monday and we need to know how many children to cater for.
We return on Monday 7th January for another exciting New Year.
Have a good weekend.
The Pre-school Team.
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