Playing with play dough is always a favorite for sensory activities. Earlier in the week we made some homemade dough with the children from common household ingredients. Using recycled items, like columns from old trophies, and natural items the children made all sorts of creations like cookies, rockets, and houses. We also used some of the natural elements and made prints in the play dough to see what it would look like.
The children found some new uses for the many tires we have. It started off with them using them as horses, then they decided to make towers from the tires. They went around the yard and rounded up all of the tires, working together to roll them, and took them to the loose parts area. After working together to stack them on top of each other, they used the crates to get inside before knocking them down. It was really great seeing them work together to make the tower. With more younger children in our school now, we are seeing a lot of help from older kids as they helped them maneuver in the loose parts area, with toys, and with other items. They even do a great job in making sure that the younger ones also get a turn when they are playing games. It is so neat to see such behavior from a 4 and 5 year-old towards a 3 year-old. On top of helping each other with things they are struggling with, they also do a great job in helping out around the school. The kids help in cleaning the tables, watering the plants, watering the garden, putting food in the compost, and more. It is great to get the kids involved in the daily care and maintenance of the school as it build important skills and habitats for them later in life, and they also take a sense of ownership in the school.
Apple burritos were a hit this past week for breakfast along with our huge bowl of spaghetti the kids devoured. When we had a trail mix like creation from cheerios, sunflower seeds, pretzels, and raisins, the children were super excited about eating the sunflower seeds. They loved eating the super tiny seed and we talked about the huge flower it comes from and how it follows the sun. They said that they wanted to plant some in the yard and were excited when we said yes.