Learning about Winter and Developing our Fine and Gross Motor Skills

This week we have been looking at Winter and the changes it brings. We have started our Winter tree and we have been painting snow onto the tree trunk using big brushes to enhance our gross motor skills. We have also been building up our cutting skills using scissors to snip and cut to make snowflakes. This activity has shown we need to build up our scissor skills with different activities and materials. 

We have also started on our winter birthday balloon and will be adding children to this on a weekly basis if their birthday falls in the winter months.  

In the buildup to making bird feeders today (a BIG thank you to all those parents who were kind enough to bring in tubes and seeds, and another BIG thank you especially to Ruby’s Daddy, Andy who has very kindly brought in some lovely wooden bird feeders for us to fill as well as seed and lard). We have been painting our own bird hide to place in the treehouse where we will hopefully get some bird spotting in! Some binoculars will also be made to help us spot the different birds that we know visit our garden. Earlier this week some of the children used pictures to draw their own birds for the tree. They did a wonderful job! 

We are continuing to go to the school hall for dancing, ring and action games which the children are really enjoying. On the days we don’t access the hall we are using our Sticky Kids music in the playroom and also using small groups for musical instruments, Kid Talk and joining in with repetitive phrases in stories (letters and sounds).  

Next week sees the start of the bird feeders and bird spotting using our hide and binoculars. We will also incorporate numbers with a “Two Little Dicky Birds” activity which will also build on holding scissors correctly and safely. Parents can build on this at home and also look at any numbers you see whilst out on walks. 

It is Chinese New Year on Saturday 25th January (Year of the Rat), so we will be looking at the traditions and making our own dragon for the playroom. We will also decorate a dragons head and use it the following week (27th January) to dance to Chinese music in the hall. Lucky Red Packets will also be made (with a surprise in!) and some gold coins, which will enhance our number recognition and counting skills.  

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club, please email louise@egertonpreschoolknutsford.co.uk or phone 01565 652340 if you are interested.  We have had quite a few children booked in on an adhoc basis, which is proving successful.