As I have written about recently, I have themed our activities this month to ‘weather’. It is by no means a structured approach, more just giving me a structure for our activities. I’ve found that in doing so it’s been easier as I have had stuff to hand, and Mr D in particular has been really engaged in what we have been doing.
The first week’s activities can be found in the write up here. Our second week followed more of the same. We talked about the seasons and made use of some of the fab Baker Ross craft packs we were sent to make these Hallowe’en Bat Buckets.
We had a lot of fun doing these and it was a nice way to talk about autumn and how certain things happen in certain months and times of the year (Hallowe’en, Christmas and birthdays). Like all the Baker Ross stuff this was a good activity that kept the children engaged and they have been walking around with their buckets for over a week now – Miss E insists on putting her various jigsaw pieces in hers.
We did some more colouring in using some printed pages (this time we did rain and snow). It was a nice way to introduce colours to Miss E. I talked to Mr D about the sorts of things we would wear in the rain and snow etc. Mr D also had a go at a pen control sheet I had printed from Twinkl but soon got bored with that so we put that away (some days he will do these for ages, other days he has little interest).
On Thursday we had our usual football group then after lunch we got out the Playdoh. I had these fab weather themed mats printed off and laminated and they had fun using those. I then set up this ‘dressing the people‘ activity. Mr D really enjoyed this one and it was a good activity to talk to him about. I had already cut out the items of clothing and covered in contact paper and he enjoyed dressing the people up for the various weather types.
Miss E liked to join in with this one too, passing Mr D the items of clothing she knew etc. It will be a good one in future years to help them master their cutting and gluing skills.
On Friday morning we headed to the local park for a walk and stopped in a couple of charity shops. I managed to get this brilliant Seasons jigsaw for an amazing bargain of just 40p.
It is in near perfect condition (just a bit of a battered box) and there is so much to talk about with it. We have done the jigsaw countless time already and Mr D loves it. We talked about the months and who has a birthday in which month (he is VERY excited for his birthday next month!). He can now tell me his birthday is in October (and it’s Autumn when the leaves change colour and fall off the trees) and then it’s Grandma’s birthday. He can point to February and Miss E’s birthday and is beginning to be able to explain the seasons and their characteristics.
He is beginning to notice the changing colours of the trees and the leaves as they fall to the ground. We are at an art group this week which will make use of the leaves for an activity so I am hoping that helps to embed a bit of learning too.