This week we started exploring ‘hibernation’. How to creatively introduce this to a group of 1.5-3 year olds was interesting in itself. We started by talking about the change in weather and how all the food that some animals eat is not available.
I made these visual aids to add interest, and the children were very much taken in by this.
Following this we spoke about how animals could possibly hide from the weather until it passes. Just like we see in the visual aid, the animals are tucked away in little hide outs.
We will be continuing with this topic, focusing mainly on the hedgehog. How he collects food and finds a good sleeping place.
Today, during circle time, the children where introduced to a new sorting activity. Here the children ‘met’ a farmer with a cart of vegetables and fruit, and they had to help him sort these into their correct category. Sorting activities are important for early conceptual development. This exercise is also good for language developed and developing interest in the natural world.
Today we continued with the Hungry Caterpillar. The children did hand print art, which is a great sensory activity. I find that most children starting at the nursery are initially hesitant to get messy and have their hands painted, but after some time they come to enjoy the texture. Exploring new textures is an essential part of sensory integration for young children.