If you follow my social media then you might have spotted that we have been learning about the Rainforest and the jungle. I’m not entirely sure how this topic came about, I think possibly because the children asked me to look at monkeys with them and from that the Rainforest followed.
We have been looking at plenty of books and have been undertaking a couple of small activities too. After Miss E amazed me a week or so ago by demonstrating that she can count quite easily to ten, I wanted to do some number based play with them.
I set up a number jungle to link to the general rainforest and jungle theme. The jungle consisted of:
- Plastic tub – you could use a tuff spot or any large box/tub
- Bottle lids with numbers and letters written on some
- Alphabet magnets (we have a few sets similar to these)
- Wooden number monsters
- General sensory bits – I had some old glo sticks in there as well as lids from various household bottles that had been used up
- Melissa & Doug lacing beads
I also printed off and laminated this A4 number poster – this fits almost perfectly the wooden number monsters. I also had these building brick challenge cards (you could also use these too). Finally I had numbers 1-10 of these brilliant Arty Numbers Flash Cards.
I laid the number cards, number poster and lego challenge cards out and asked the children to find the wooden number monsters and match them to the poster, to find the lego pieces to meet the challenges and to find the 10 numbered wooden lacing beads. With these they would match to the number flash card and write the number too.
They couldn’t wait to get stuck in and using scoops and tweezers were sooner finding the lacing beads. I was really impressed with how Miss E was able to write the numbers on these cards; all of sudden she seems to have been able to demonstrate a number of things we have been learning.
Both the children loved this activity and it kept them occupied for a good hour or so. I have left it set up in the front room and they soon add some metal chips and set about fishing them out with their magnetic wands (we bought these from Imagido). It was fun watching them realise that the letters were also magnetic and could be fished out using the wands.
We then moved onto looking at a new magnetic counting book. This was a good opportunity to extend Mr D’s learning as he looked for the words. He is ever keen to read so this was a great boost to his confidence as he was able to identify various words. They both enjoyed using this book alongside the flashcards.
The number jungle will stay in use this week I suspect and I’ll be looking at ways to develop this too in the coming days.