Cuddles is our Pre School Bear and when the children take him home the record the visit in a scrap book. We have filled our first book for the year. I made a new one and put the old one in the library. The children noticed that it was there right away and sat down to read all about Cuddles’ adventures so far this year.
Douglas made a robot and spaceship at home and this has inspired some serious ‘making’ at Pre School this week.
First, we decorated boxes covered in silver to make our own robot costumes.
Then Douglas’ Mum got us some canvas and lots of metal bits and pieces and we made our own robot pictures. This idea was inspired by my colleague, Bron, from Sea Lake Pre School.
We planned what we were going to do on black laminated sheets.
Then we painted the background of our canvas.
Then we transfered our bits to our canvas.
Mrs Grant wouldn’t let us take them home – but we have a lovely display on the wall!
This week we became the proud owners of a wooden table and stool set courtesy of the wood workers from the Robinvale Men’s Shed. The table is sturdy and very well made. It will last for generations.
We will be able to use this set outside in the cubby or inside on the mat area. Today we set the table up with our new dinner set from IKEA. With the addition of clean water from our water bottles, we had lots of fun.
The children, staff and parents at Manangatang Pre School are very appreciative of this donation and put it to good use from the day it arrived. We are adding a small plaque to the set to acknowledge the Men’s Shed group. Thank you also to Mrs Shirley Irving for organising this for us.
We have lots of old kitchen utensils that we like to use in the sand pit – but this week they formed a band. The children lined the bowls, cake tins and saucepans up on the edge of the sand pit and created their own drums.
We noticed the children listening to the different sounds between the materials and the shapes.
We noticed children making patterns that repeated to create their own ‘music’.
We noticed children one-to-one matching as they made a beat.
We noticed children arranging their instruments so that they could reach them all without having to move their ‘saucepan’ seats.
We noticed the children changing their beating sticks to create different sounds.
We noticed children working together and having fun.
The weather turned really cold during the holidays and today the Pre School children were lucky enough to have a whole esky of snow to play with! Manangatang is a long way from the snow and this was the first time most of the children had experienced it.
They used plastic trucks and diggers to play in the snow. We put in some animals that like to live at the snow and Douglas made a snow castle (as opposed to a sand castle) and put a guard on the top!
We had a warm bucket of water to wash and warm our hands in when they were really cold.
Tao did a painting of just white and added some cottonball snowflakes for texture.
Lilly made a snowflake chain with foam packaging bits.
We read stories about snow and one about a bear who was hibernating for the winter.