This is one of my all time favourite story books. The pictures are gorgeous and the story is brilliant, about how even if you are small/young you can still achieve great things. Which is a great message for the kids who come to Play Plus, because they are all brilliantly capable of achieving things, like signing for the first time in a session (there was a slight tear in my eye when this happened today). So if you have never read it before grab a copy and read it with your little ones. (Don't worry I haven't completely given the story away!)
Meet our Snail and Whale, they helped us with our story today. We had magnifying glasses to find the snails 'itchy foot'.
We opened our Play Plus school today (For One Day Only). Our book of the day was 'Never take a bear to school' it's a great book that tells you why you shouldn't take a bear to school, but a handy book to help explain what might happen on your child's first day at school and as number of ours are starting school in September we thought we would start the preparation early.
I was so excited about today's session, and it didn't disappoint. 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson is a fab book. I won't give the story away if you've never read it, but monkey and the butterfly explore the jungle looking for his mum, and they eventually find her.
my favourite part of the morning was signing our way through the story and we found out what the signs for bat and butterfly were, which we had great fun practicing.Read more
Last week at Play Plus we had fake snow and this week there was REAL snow, it was so exciting some of us went out and danced in the snow and looked at the fluffy flakes through the magnifying glass.
We were definitely blown away today, not only by the story but with the dancing that went on today. Lizzie from Global Fusion Music came to show us some dance moves, which everyone enjoyed. Our story was about the Antarctic, so we had some lovely blue ribbons which we could wave about like the water, and then we pretended to be whales! But had some time before the story, where we put on some funky music and danced around! We had the cobwebs of half term to shake off!Read more
We continued our paramedic theme today. We had an Ambulance control centre, where they had to take the phone calls from the poorly people and then send an ambulance to the right house. We also had paramedic badges for each person, which they wore with pride!
This would be a great role play area to set up at home. I just used an old computer keyboard and some old phones, and I printed some maps and incident forms. You can print the paramedic badges here. You can add more office supplies to encourage writing. We also had a table with a doctors kit and some poorly babies that by the end of the session were feeling much better.Read more
I love going to the library, mainly because it means we get a fresh hit of books to read each evening. My little one enjoys going because he always manages to get the librarian to let him stamp the books at the end of our visit. We also love reading together, and he's getting into reading, so I’ve been trying to find ways of encouraging more of a love of books.
At our last visit to the library, my little one asked if we could buy a date stamp and yesterday in Poundland we found these stamps. I know they are not date stamps but they have a similar action and date stamps are not very cheap and it might be a one time game!
So it pushed me into action and I’ve made a whole set of library cards, borrowing record slips and even a scanner (I might need to work on my scanner though!)Read more
We had a very interesting morning at Play Plus. Our Paramedic friend came a week early, so to fit into our theme of clothes he showed us some of the uniform he wears when he is working, we tried on his helmet, (which is actually quite heavy) and Hi Vis jacket, and we used a thermometer in our ears to see what our temperature was. The adults also became a little competitive when having their blood pressure taken.
I was asked this question last week, and I was slightly amazed at my shock and horror that someone wouldn’t know what to do with it.
We absolutely love Kinetic sand in our house. It’s one of J’s favourite things to play with and it’s one of the only things that really keeps him focused and spends more than 5 minutes playing with it. This is probably why I have a real love for Kinetic Sand (KS)!Read more
We had a Tiger who came to tea today, well not a real Tiger. But during our session with Amber from Relax Kids we pretended to be Tigers, there were lots of Roars going on!
We also read the beautiful book 'The Tiger who came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. Story Time was a lot of fun today as we each signed each others names, during our name game and then we all signed Tiger.
Our Favourite activity was biscuit decorating and this is a great one to do at home...