This week our topic book was The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing. In the book we find out how the children in the story start to get ready for Mothers’ Day by cleaning the house, making cards, wrapping presents and making a cake! This was a great story to help us prepare for our own Mother’s Day at the end of the week. It encouraged the children to think about the things that their Mummies enjoy doing and to think of ways we can say thank you to their Mummies.
We began our preparations for Mother’s Day in Art where the children enjoyed creating beautiful Mothers’ Day cards which involved creating roses with acrylic paint and cotton buds and writing messages inside. This was a great opportunity to continue supporting the children to refine their fine motor skills, hand-eye control, and letter formation.
In Cookery the children baked heart shaped vegan shortbreads as a present for the Mummies. We worked together to mix the ingredients and used it as an opportunity to explore the ingredients further, discussing what they looked like, how they felt and what they smelt like. We also used this activity to talk about the importance of hygiene whilst baking as well as observing how different ingredients change in texture once they are mixed together.
Our Role Play area was set up as a Home and the children had a lot of fun pretending to cook lunches for everyone and putting the babies to bed. We chose this theme based on the children’s interest in playing with babies and discussing home life. It was amazing to see the children taking turns in the Role Play area and acting out their real-life experiences whilst they were playing. During Free Play we spent a lot of time in the garden playing, having snack time and our focused activities outside and taking advantage of the lovely sunny weather! On Friday everyone was very excited to welcome the Mummies into the Nursery! They came to play with us for an hour and we finished the morning by singing songs to them, giving them their cards and presents and then one of the Mummies read us a story. It was lovely to share part of our day with them and everyone had a wonderful time! Have a lovely Easter Break.