Three Little Pigs
Rabbits Room (1-2 years) have enjoyed acting out the three little pigs. Zalihe who took charge of this activity made sure she had the correct equipment (bricks, buckets and a pig) to stimulate the children and enhance their development. To start the activity the children were given the Three Little Pig story, they sat and showed a high amount of attention whilst listening. Zalihe read this to them using props and excitement. Once the story was finished the children could choose which brick they wanted and was shown how to make a tower. Zalihe put one brick on top of another and asked the children to do the same. Alana said “build big tower”. Doing this encourages their Physical Development as they are using their gross motor skills. Whilst piling up the bricks Zalihe counted 1,2,3 and encouraged the children to count with her, counting the bricks as they build them can help with their Mathematical Development. Elijah counted to 2 and showed excitement when doing so, after hearing Elijah count, Phoebe copied and they both sat laughing together. This encourages their Personal Social, Emotional Development as they are playing in a group and socialising with their peers.
Why is Mathematical Development important?
It teaches logical and critical thinking, teaches life skills and supports continuing education and careers.
Why is Physical Development important?
It improves concentration and thinking skills, builds strong bones and muscles, improves posture and provides opportunities to develop social skills and make friends.
Why is Personal Social, Emotional Development important?
It improves self and social awareness, builds relationship skills and enhances responsible decision making.
Activities to do at home
Five little monkeys: The five little monkeys is a rhyme that just about every child should know. Using props (monkeys, numbers etc) sing the song with your child. Ensure you are counting clearly and encouraging them to do the same. To extend this activity you can encourage your child to count the objects around the room or find objects that are the same colour as the monkey etc.
Obstacle course: In the garden set up a simple obstacle course for your child to complete. You use anything from a chair to a tyre. Complete the obstacle course yourself and show your child how it is done. This can be just as fun for you! If your child finds this to easy make the obstacle course harder.
Personal, Social, Emotional
Dressing themselves: Encourage your child to dress themselves in the morning. This gives them independence and confidence to do things by themselves.