Superheroes!

The kids loved these Superhero stickers this week. The youngest (aged 2) enjoyed the act of peeling the back of each sticker off which is great for their fine motor skills and the eldest  (aged 5) loved telling the younger ones  all about Superheroes and their superpowers and reading each of the words out aloud.

 

Areas of Learning Covered: Literacy, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication & Language.

 

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Mandala Colour in Flower Decorations

The children loved colouring in these Mandala Flower Colour-in decorations by Baker Ross after school today. Its another activity that is great whatever the child’s age. The older children can enjoy very intricate colouring in if they wish and the younger ones can simply just enjoy making marks. Aren’t they lovely?!

 

Tissue paper sunflowers

The children enjoyed making these bright and colourful tissue paper sunflowers this morning and they certainly cheered us up on a cold, miserable Monday morning!

At pick up, one of the Mummys told me that they had just planted some sunflower seeds in their garden at home which reminds me I must plant ours if we are to see ours in bloom by the Summer!

 

Cardboard Wreaths

The children have been busy making these lovely cardboard wreaths. It was a great activity they could all enjoy –  toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children. I laid out a selection of craft items for them to pick and choose and they were then able to work at their own pace to create their own wreath. It was a great activity for practising their fine motor skills, handling small craft items like sequins and pom poms helps them practise and develop their pincer grip.

They particularly loved seeing their finished wreaths hanging up on the wall and proudly took them home to show their Mums and Dads! Aren’t they great?!

Rainy Day Activities: Junk Modelling

I have been stashing away lots of cardboard boxes and tubes for a while now, and, yesterday, with the rain hammering down outside again it seemed like the perfect day to give it to the kids (aged 2.5 – 9 years old) for a junk modelling session.

Armed with nothing but recyclables, scissors, sticky tape and labels and their imaginations they got stuck in.

It was lovely to watch them engrossed in the activity for a good hour, chatting away to one another and modelling some lovely behaviours and manners.

“Can I have the scissors please?”

“Oh dear, you’ve dropped some”!

“Look at my one, its really big, I built it really big”

“Look at mine Emily!”

“It’s a rocket!”

“This is a house”

Who needs expensive holiday activities?!

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and thinking critically.

Happy Chinese New Year!

This week we have been looking at Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog.

I love the Newsround website for great, simple explanations of celebrations –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38668427

Here at Aston Childcare, we love a good collage – all that cutting, gluing and sticking is great for the children’s fine motor skills, and sat around the table together is great for their communication & language and personal, social and emotional development.

We have used some beautiful Chinese inspired printed papers with pictures of beautiful lanterns and cherry blossom for our collages this week, have been dressing up in our fantastic traditional Chinese dressing up outfit and made New Year Cards for Mums and Dads.

Gung hay fat choy!

Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills) Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design.

 

Goodbye Autumn

Today marks the end of Autumn, where has the time gone?!

I love Autumn, I am glad the heat of the Summer has passed, I am not rushing to cover the children in suncream or hats or frantically hydrating them and cooling them down and I love seeing the first blackberries on hedgerows and pulling on extra cosy layers.

As a childminder it’s a lovely time of year to be with the children. Here at Aston Childcare we have spent this season jumping in crunchy Autumn leaves, blackberry picking, collecting conkers, doing arts and crafts inspired by bonfire night and Halloween, exploring acorns, conkers and leaves in our nature tray and chatting about hibernation.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.