What a lovely surprise we all had when we woke up on Saturday 27th November! I was woken up by my own children with cheers of joy and the rush of wanting to go out in the snow!
It’s now Monday 29th November and the snow is still here. With schools closed to keep our children and staff safe, I have put some activities together for you to enjoy with your children at home.
Experiencing Cold and Warm
Let your children experience the snow by bringing the snow inside. Use a baking tray because the dark background with the white snow makes excellent use of mark making. Place the tray in front of your child and encourage them to bring their arms forward to experience the cold by placing a finger or hand in the snow. Place your own hands in the snow to show them. Look for their reactions – do they remove their hands automatically or do they swipe through the snow enjoying the cold?
We have our Christmas tree up in my own home so we added baubles from our tree to the snow tray. If you don’t have any baubles then add some small favourite toys to the tray. By adding objects into the snow it works towards their visual awareness, fine motor skills (reaching and grasping) and tactile awareness (cold). Show your child the objects before adding them to the tray and then show them you are hiding the objects in the snow. Now encourage them to look for them. By doing this we are working on our problem solving skills.
As the snow melts the colour disappears and the children now have water to play with. We know all our Nightingales love water !
After you have enjoyed the cold snow it’s time to warm up. Why not make a hot chocolate and warm up with a hot water bottle.
Experience the smell of the cocoa powder and if you have marshmallows in your home then place some on a plate and your child can work on using their fine motor skills by either using a pincer or palm grasp. They will also enjoy eating them!
Story time – Oh Dear
In class on a Monday afternoon we enjoy story time. One of our stories is ‘oh dear’ by Rod Campbell. If you don’t have the book at home don’t worry because there are some excellent recordings on YouTube. I have placed one below for you. In class we bring the story to life by using toy animals and other resources. If you have the animals from the story at home then bring them out for the story. We like to hide the animals using jars or boxes so it gives the children an element of surprise but it also helps them to explore by encouraging them to open the box or remove the lid to reveal the animal.
I hope you all have a lovely day at home with your children and enjoy the activities set for today. If you manage to take any pictures of your children enjoying the activities then please send them over. Take care – Clare Grubb and the Nightingales team.