It’s the year of the Monkey!

At Ladybirds this week, we’ve made the most of the windy weather and had great fun with bubbles in the garden. Inside, we finished our wall display – thank you for sending in your seasons pictures, they look great in the village hall!

We’ve also been thinking about Chinese New Year and the children made some beautiful moving Chinese dragons and monkey masks with Donna – lots of concentration and fine motor skills involved.

Having noodles in the builders tray was an interesting activity – they seemed to make their way around the whole setting….!

It’s lovely when children bring in items which tie in with our themes and we all enjoyed the story of Chester Choi.

Letters of the week this past fortnight have been ‘x’ and ‘y’. We’ve looked at xylophones, x rays, an ‘xperiment’, treasure maps (‘x marks the spot’!), yoghurt, yo-yos and even a Yoda! We’ve had some spontaneous craft activities initiated by the children too – Donna likes a challenge!

One of the most popular activities this week, however, involved a big pile of cardboard boxes which became cars, boats, rockets, a “skip pile”, roads, and many other things. Using sticky tape and our new, colourful nuts and bolts which Sam found, the children spent ages constructing, attaching and designing their creations. Fantastic to watch!

As well as all this spontaneity, we’ve enjoyed our usual activities too….

……and snack-time of course!

Next week, we will be looking at the letter ‘z’, and our themes will include Pancake Day, textures and Valentine’s Day. We are collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and have a box in the village hall entrance if you are able to donate any. Thank you.