Our environment this week is under the sea but I wanted to do something slightly different with it. So this week’s story, The Hidden Forest by Jeannie Baker, is about a boy called Ben who discovers the kelp forests under the sea. Ben is initially reluctant to explore the watery jungle but when his fish trap gets stuck his friend encourage him to explore – but what is that big thing behind him?
Following on from last week’s octopus counting story we have another great counting story for you this week with Tip Tap Crab. The children were so into counting that the childre were still counting everything on the page when we managd to squeeze in another story, Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galoway at the end of the session. Clumsy Crab is about a crab who doesn’t like his big claw until he finds it very useful to help his friends.
In between stories we made our own crabs I printed out this template for the arms and claws onto red card and cut everything out. We did more counting as we stuck on the arms and claws with masking tape to the underside of a paper bowl. We then decorated the crabs with strips of red crepe paper. Alternatively they could be painted. Of course we practised our snapping.
I always love doing Jolly Olly Octopus with preschoolers, it is such a great counting story. My group this time were certainly no exception they loved joining in with the counting. We then made our own octopuses.
This week is the start of a new series ‘Under the Sea’ and the start of a new group. As usual at this time of year my group is the preschoolers orthe ‘practising reception’ as the class teacher likes to call them. This means that for some of the activities you will find I have either prepared in advance more than I normally would for an older group or that the activities are more open ended to allow them to explore materials.
Anyway we kick off with ‘The Fish Would Could Wish’ by John Bush with fantastic illstration by Korky Paul (of Winnie the Witch fame). Even through I’m a stroyteller the illustrations are such a delight that they have to be shown. There is a section in the story where the fish wishes to be all sorts of shapes and this was the basis for our craft today. We created our own fish from all sorts of shapes. Continue reading →