You know you have the best job in the world, when you get to read the books you love. And this weeks one is no exception! 'Robot Rumpus' by Sean Taylor, is a great book, and 7 robots that are left to babysit and the inevitable chaos that ensues!
We had a gardening theme today, so it felt very summery. The sun definitely made us all feel so much happier. Our gardening theme was inspired by a new book that came out in May called 'Errol's Garden'. Its such a lovely book with beautiful pictures. Errol loves growing things, but runs out of space in his flat and one day comes across something that might solve his problem, but I won't give the ending away.
The sun was out so we celebrated by having a bit of a beach/rock pool theme today. We even had the sound track to Moana playing to really get that sun, sea and sand feel going!
Our story was 'Sharing a Shell' by Julia Donaldson (I promise we do read other authors).
The images in this book make you feel relaxed just by looking at them and you can imagine dipping your toes in a deliciously cool rock pool especially on a day like today!Read more
We seem to be doing a bit of a Julia Donaldson binge at Play Plus and it is not something I am ashamed of. Her books are amazing and allow for so much creativity and imaginary play. You get sent into a world where animals talk and where incredible creatures like the Gruffalo appear from no where and seem normal next to a fox, snake and owl!!
We looked at the whole topic of friendship today. We read a great little book called '10 Little Friends'. This is a great book for counting and we said 'hello' to everyone who arrived in the book, which the children enjoyed!Read more
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