Monkey Puzzle

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. 

Our activities today, captured everyones imagination and creativity. 

We started with family portraits, painting was definitely enjoyed by most of the children. We had some wonderful works of art.

The canvas' were from Wilko and they just give the children's paintings that professional look. 

Our next activity was painting our treasure boxes. We want a space for the children to keep things that they have made so that they can keep special things that they've made safe. So we started by decorating the boxes. 


I recently had the joy of opening lots of boxes of Duplo, and I think the kids appreciated my hard work, as they played for a while making things and playing with the different people. 


We also had herb play dough today. We made the play dough with a whole jar of thyme in, so the smell was incredible. 


If you want to have a go at making this at home then here is the recipe...

1 Cup of free running salt

2 Cups of plain flour

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

2 Cups of boiling water (straight from kettle). 

Green food Colouring – optional

1 jar of any type of herb - we used thyme. 

Cream of tartar – again optional but it helps it last longer. 

It’s so easy to make simply mix everything together. 

After you've played with it, you can put in an air tight container in the fridge and play again another day. The kids love it, and it feels nice and smells nice which is an added bonus, it's also 'Edible' in that it won't do any harm if eaten, but the amount of salt in it, I doubt you'll have a problem with it. 

Our sign of the week is... Mummy! See how many times you can use it this week. (I bet loads!)


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  • Lydia Lings
    published this page in Play Plus Blog 2018-03-05 22:05:46 +0000