This writing activity was great, E really liked using ‘grown up’ stationery, pencils and post-its.
I included some old envelopes and stamps which encouraged E to think about writing letters and the process of preparing an envelope with an address and stamp. This was a fun role play that helped her learn about writing letters whilst at the same time practicing her pencil grip and mark making.
Making playdough with an easy no cook recipe is a great activity on a rainy day!
E loves the process of making the dough and then playing with it in different ways, such as pretend baking, making figures and just exploring using different tools.
Ingredients 1/2 cup salt 1 cup flour 2 table spoons of cream of tartar 1 table spoon of oil 1 cup of water – boiled in the kettle Food colouring – gel is the best as it’s so vibrant
Method Just mix all the dry ingredients, add the oil and slowly add the water. Stir together and add a big squirt of the food colouring. Once it’s started to bind together knead it with your hands. Add flour if needed. Store in an air tight container for several weeks (I wrap in cling film or sandwich bags first)
E really enjoyed this new way of painting on cardboard shapes. These came from a craft shop (but we have since made our own, see below). Using little paint pots and a little brush really encouraged her to paint delicately and concentrate on detail. Old yogurt pots would work well for paint pots too.
E particularly liked painting the figures and we decided to make extra clothes, hats and sunglasses for them to wear which we cut out of cardboard and glued on to the figures.
Here I have used old food packaging such as biscuit or cereal boxes and used the card to make our own shapes for painting. This is a great way to recycle stuff at home rather than having to buy paper or card for painting.
We had fun setting up a mud kitchen in the garden today. It worked really well having a few different areas E could move between – I used an old plant tray and some buckets for the mud table and some jugs and plastic pans on the water table. I filled a large bucket with water so E could just re-fill her jugs and pans as she needed.
E liked mixing the mud and water together and doing lots of stirring as she imagined being in a kitchen.
We enjoyed going around the garden to collect leaves, fallen petals and stones for decorating the mud pies!