Last year I bought a tuff spot for the children, and we really don’t use it enough. I am hoping that in the summer we will be able to get it out in the garden for some outdoor painting and arts and crafts.
I’ve been busy gathering various bits and pieces for Easter over the past week or two and picked up a whole host of things from places such as Wilko and the various pound shops. I bought sequins, chicks, rabbits and shredded paper. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it all, other than I was going to do something.
Earlier in the week we had a bit of free time so I grabbed the tuff spot and put it down in the front room. I decided to set up as Easter tuff spot. I laid out some tissue paper areas and the children and I talked about what the areas might be. Blue for a pond, green for fields and yellow for straw. I then added a pile of yellow feathers. These were a real bargain at just 99p for a huge box of them – I think these were from Home Bargains and I wish I’d picked up another couple of boxes for future tuff spot activities. I then set up the shredded paper into the three colours.
I then, under the watchful eye of the children, added the rabbits and chickens (hidden underneath feathers and paper as well as set in the ‘field’). I also used these plastic eggs that the team at Baker Ross had sent us. I hid a couple of chicks in these eggs and set them onto the tuff spot too. as well as in a separate basket to the side. The eggs were good for the children to use to open and close and they then started hiding things in them for each other as well counting them out to make sure we had found them all.
As soon as I had finished setting up the children couldn’t wait to get started. I hadn’t really planned anything other than to allow them to explore the spot as they wanted to, but it soon became apparent that Miss E wanted to find all the chicks and put them together on the floor. She soon started sorting them (unprompted) into colours so I grabbed the ikea bowls we have and set them out for her to match the chicks to. There are four of each of the coloured chicks and 18 of the yellow ones so it was a good opportunity to introduce some counting to her, to make sure all the chicks has been found.
I also added the sequins as well as some felt rabbit and egg shapes to see what the children would do with those. I thought they might try and fish the sequins out but they haven’t shown much interest in those so I might try and rescue them for another activity.
Whilst we were searching for the chicks and rabbits we talked about how we had to be quiet so we didn’t scare them from their nests and burrows and it was lovely to see the children interacting and playing together like this. Miss E later had a great time just pulling at the shredded paper and feeling the feathers.
I’ve left the Easter tuff spot set up for them and each day they’ve had a good hour or two playing in it and making use of the materials in there. It will be tidied away on Friday evening I think, ready for something else next week.