Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Summer Garden

Today we watched the butterflies and bees buzzing and flitting around the buddleia in the garden.

They are right next to the play house and there are so many of them around at the moment.

We found tortoiseshells, peacocks and red admirals as well as lots of buzzy bees soaking up the nectar.

Then we looked at our butterfly and bee stories - 10 Busy Bees, Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And we sang our buzzy bee song....

Curl your fingers in a fist and peep in to see if you can see the bees.

Here is the beehive,
Where are the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees,
Soon they will all come out of their hive,
1 2 3 4 5...BZZZZZZZZ!!!  (open your fingers out one at a time, and then wiggle them like bees buzzing away)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Cot Canopy

Customise a cot canopy....

You'll need:  a canopy, needle and thread, scraps of colourful felt.

This one actually came with clouds attached so all I did was cut out raindrops in rainbow colours and attach them with lengths of thread.

Not much else to say really!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Car Printing

It's been a while since we had the paint out so today we decided to have another go.
We started with the little brushes and printing pads but he just wanted to lick them again and I seemed to be doing most of the actual painting.

Then I remembered when I worked with under fives that we sometimes used cars for printing with.  

Monty is just loving cars just now so we had a go at rolling it through the paint and suddenly he was more interested in watching the tracks appear instead of licking the paint. 

Rolling very fast!

Not bad for a first painting is it...and he did it all by himself.

But I couldn't resist using up the leftover paint at the end by taking a print with the paper. 

Now I just need to find a spot to hang them!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Alphabet Poster

I've been looking for a simple, bold and brightly coloured alphabet poster for a while, but the nice ones (and I really couldn't find that many) all seem to be so expensive.

So I decided to have a go at making my own on the computer.  
It was super easy to do, although a little time consuming (changing all the letter colours), but I played around with different colour combinations and fonts and tried to get them as bright and chunky as possible.  

When I was happy with it I just printed it onto ordinary A4 paper as I didn't have any photo paper and then put it in a simple glass clip frame.  

I think it looks quite nice.  It's definitely colourful, simple and bold, which is kinda what I was looking for in the first place.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Wooden Building Blocks

Here are some home made wooden blocks I 'made' - for free!
Well, sort of free.

We had some small offcuts of wood leftover recently when we had some new decking built in our garden. 
Rather than throw the bits away I asked the builder to cut them into smaller blocks and then I sanded down the rough edges.  

  There are only a few blocks just now but there is a good variety of long and short and they are much larger than traditional building blocks.

They can stay in the garden for outdoor play and I might even ask the builder to save any other bits he might have so we can keep adding to our set of blocks.... not bad for free!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Pirate Pete Rag Doll

Ahoy there!!

Let me introduce you to Pirate Pete who will shortly be arriving in my classroom when I return to work after the holidays to help us with our Pirate topic.  I'm not quite sure yet of exactly how he'll help us (I'm still on holiday!), but I'll dream up some stuff soon, and maybe the children will help with some ideas too.

He has denim cut offs, a checked shirt with patch pocket, spotty headscarf and the obligatory eye patch.

He measures approx 45cm in height, so he's quite tall too!

I think we'll definitely need to make a little boat for him to sit in and maybe even a chest of gold coins.

Lots of adventures to come!