Puppets Come Alive
In Rabbits and Owls Room (1-2 years), we let the children choose which activity they would like to put out on the mat, they chose puppets. Hayley sat on the mat to engage with the children, this encouraged more children to come and join in with the activity. We spoke about the animal’s names, where the animals live and what the animals like to eat. Saphari picked up a bear puppet and kissed it on the face. Hayley said “wheres its nose?”, Saphari pointed to its nose. Hayley then said “wheres its eyes?” and Saphari pointed to its eyes. Amelia saw this happening and came over to the mat. Hayley welcomed her in to the activity and let her choose a puppet, she chose the giraffe. Hayley said “Put your arm in the hole” Amelia followed Hayley’s instructions and was very pleased with herself when she achieved this. Elijah enjoyed feeling the textures of the puppets and repeated the word “soft” when he heard a member of staff say it. Communication Language Development is a big part of this activity as they are all vocalising what they can feel and see. It also links with Personal Social Emotional Development because they are sharing their feelings and engaging in a group activity with their peers. When the children put their arms in the puppets and move them around this links with Physical Development and speaking about the animal names, noises and where they live links with Understanding the World Development.
Why are group activities important?
Group play provides learning experiences for a child that teaches them:
Activities to try at home
A day at the beach: Find some items around the house that goes with the theme. So for this theme you could use Shells, water, sand, picnic, people etc. Then we can add in some materials and get the children involved for example you could say Find me something blue that looks like the ocean etc. Once you have all of your props you can put them in a small tray and let your child use their imagination.
Farmyard world play: Gather some empty containers or wooden crates, toy animals and sensory ingredients. The sheep and goats could have a paddock of fresh grass, the ducks could be put in water and other animals had hay and rice etc. This activity is more about using your imagination and letting your child get as involved as possible.
Under water small world: This is a very simple activity, use a clear container and set up your own little world under water. Use props such as sea animals, people, floating objects such as boats and let your childs imagination grow.