Welcome to term 3 activities for Preschool. For your reference we have included links to our activities page from term 2. If your child is in Prep or Kindergarten we have returned any unfinished projects for your child to work on. To support your child in their will development it is best to complete projects already begun before moving onto new activities. It is of course possible to work simultaneously on unfinished projects alongside the new activities especially our play space activity. For the older children there is a Knitting Nancy activity that they can do, we decided to make this terms craft more open ended for the Kindergarten and Ring a Rosy children so get creative and they can make twisty ties, plaits, Knitting Nancy ropes, pom pom's or any other manner of craft that inspires your child.
Click on the underlined link to access term 2 activities for: Prep Craft , Kindergarten Craft and Ring a Rosy Craft. We have included wool in your child's resource pack. See below for our weekly rhythm activities and this term's craft.
The most important thing for your child during this time is rhythm equal to this is self-initiated free play. It is through play that they will be able to process all that has changed in their world. It is essential that they have adequate time, space and open ended materials for free play. For more information on supporting free play there is an article under the parent resources section entitled "How to be a quiet adult: five tips to encourage child-directed play".
There are many activities that you can do with your child in the home, many of which form part of your child's day at preschool. Children love to help wash the dishes, fold the washing, chop and cook, sweep and mop the floors, gardening - basically anything the adult or older child is doing your younger child will want to imitate and these activities are good for your child. The activities offered here should not replace those that make children part of your household, so please incorporate these also as much as possible. Activities offered on this page are part of maintaining the rhythm and offering a little more particularly for the older Kinder and Prep children who require more. While Prep children may be expected to participate in the craft activities, the Kinder and Ring a Rosy child it is an offering to take up or not. We have put a suggestion of when to do these activities but you need to do what works for your family. First please visit the page on rhythm to help you determine when you will do these. Some children may want to do their craft activity more than for just the allotted time and this is perfectly acceptable for them to do so. Please upload photos of your child's work for their teacher to view. This includes photos of their play if it is appropriate to take photos and you can do so without interrupting the flow of play.
We have provided one piece of drawing paper per week for your child to draw on and 5 crayons to draw with. It is beneficial, if space allows, to set up a designated drawing area where the crayons and some plain paper or drawing book is available all the time. Please help your child to use the kindergarten paper ( the smaller sheets with a smooth texture) with purpose, telling them that it is their 'special kindergarten paper' or similar should help. Please name and date in the top left corner so we can identify their work when it is returned. We look forward to seeing many beautiful pictures when we return!
In Kindergarten we do wet on wet painting using water colour paints. This term we have provided each child with a painting board, piece of wet on wet painting paper ( larger paper with a textured surface), brush, and one lemon yellow and one ultramarine blue jar of paint.
"Painting includes processes such as being careful, paying attention, waiting, following the course of the work, experiencing the laws of color mixing, and applying color in varying strengths. All of these activities give ever-renewed stimulus to the gradually awakening soul of the child, helping him to grasp his physical body and make his sense organization and his limbs ever more responsive." Freya Jaffke
Wet on wet painting works with the children's emotional life and can really support them to work through the changes in their world. The fluid quality of the paint is like the moving of their emotional soul life. "...this is an experience which should not be viewed as leading to a finished form, but rather it should be assessed as an experience which leads to abilities which can be transformed throughout the child's life." Freya Jaffke
1. Soak the painting paper (large textured paper) in a laundry trough or large tray of water for around 5 minutes.
2. While your paper is soaking, pour a small amount (1 tablespoon approximately) of paint (already diluted) into a small jar or dish. This is important because young children often mix colours together in the dish accidentally at times and you will need the remainder of the paint to see you through the 6 weeks.
Week 5 (1st week painting) & 6 - use only blue find our painting stories here
Week 7 - use yellow only use the following story
Week 8 & 9 - use both colours in separate dishes and find our story here
3. Set up your painting space - paint, rinse jar with clean water, paint brush and dishcloth for drying the donkeys tail. Place these to the right or above your child's workspace.
4. Drain the paper gently and place textured side up on the painting board provided. Using a clean wet cloth gently smooth out any bumps or wrinkles by wiping from left to right, top to bottom. Using a pencil write their name and date on the top left of the page.
5. Place board with paper applied on the table to the left of their painting resources.
6. Tell or read the story provided as they begin painting.
7. Allow your child to explore the paints with support to remember to 'clean the donkey's tail' before dipping back into the paint and then wiping his tail on the edge of the water pot and drying it on the towel. If I see a child about to put their brush in the paint without rinsing I sing: "Rinse, rinse, wipe, wipe, into the paint we go" sometimes it is necessary to also guide their hand or simply reiterate, "remember to clean the donkey's tail". Our painting song can be found below along with the rinsing song.
The paper is left on the board until dry, which may take a few days in the cold weather.
1. soak water 3. Prepare painting space 4. Place paper on board and gently smooth - name and date
In the Kindergarten we make bread once a week upon arrival.
The recipe below is a variant of our kinder dough (to reflect the quantity you may require in a home situation). To download a printable recipe please click here! Making bread is such a lovely activity engaging so many of our senses.
Sense of touch - feel the dough as it gets more and more elastic, or when it is a bit too wet and sticky,
Sense of warmth -feel as it becomes warmer as we work with it.
Sense of balance as we work with both hands to create a balanced design,
Sense of movement as we rhythmically knead and work with the dough.
Sense of smell - while the bread dough is in the oven cooking we often feel an inner warmth as the dough warms and cooks and our mouths begin to water with anticipation.
Sense of taste - finally we get to eat the delicious warm bread, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. In kindergarten this is accompanied by butter and honey.