‘Tell me and I forget; teach me and I remember; involve me and I learn’
Our Preppies children have been very busy recently with our latest theme ‘Food Glorious Food’. We planned lots of activities which gave us the opportunity to explore a variety of food in lots of different ways.
We planted some cress in cotton wool and watched it grow over the week so that once it was ready we could make egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches. We did some vegetable printing on the easel and used leeks and carrots to make marks with the paint on the paper. We used different coloured paints for each vegetable and we talked about the colours we were using and the shape of the marks they were making on the paper.
Our children decided they wanted to make vegetable soup, so we took a trip to Asda to buy the vegetables ourselves. We were very excited about our shopping trip, especially because we all took a trip on the bus, then scanned our vegetables through the checkout! It was lots of fun and our toddlers were so excited to tell their Mummies and Daddies all about it at pick up time.
With the vegetables, we took it in turns cutting them up and putting them in a big pan so that Claire, our Cook, could boil them in the kitchen. Once the soup had been blended we had it for tea and it tasted really yummy.
When the cress was ready for us to use we chopped up some eggs, added mayonnaise, sprinkled the cress on top then had it on sandwiches for tea. We really enjoyed making our own sandwiches and we can’t wait for our next cooking or baking activity.
When planning activities related to our themes it is very important that we consider all of the children’s individual needs and interests so they are all given an equal opportunity to get as much out of the activity as possible.
The EYFS states ‘Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests and stage of each child in their care, and must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child’.
Children learn and develop in different ways. The first five years are very important for their development. All the early experiences that a child has, such as the things they see, hear, touch, smell and taste, will stimulate their brain, which creates millions of neural connections. It is from here that the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout their lives are laid down.
In the early years the main way that children learn and develop is through play. Play is most importantly fun and provides the opportunity to experiment, explore, solve problems and observe. The more time a child spends playing, the more life skills they will learn, such as communicating, solving problems, socialising with their peers etc.