Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Best of friends

Puppet show

Christmas decorations

As we entered in to the festive season at the start of December, I set up resources to make Christmas decorations. I had a whole group of children make things through out the morning, some staying for a long time, and others just making one or two things. Jack and Emily took a real interest in making the snow flakes, which involved tracing around something round, cutting it out, and then folding it lots of times to create a pizza/triangle shape. They then made cuts in to the paper any size or direction they wanted. Once it was unfolded, and flattened out, it was a pretty snowflake, (which are now hanging in the art room).

Thadeus, Cian, Cleo, Noah, Ahlyna and Ruby had fun decorating Christmas boots and circle's. They used glitter and special Christmas sprinkles and whatever else they chose to put on them. While the children were creating their decorations, there was talk about where they will go, and the children started to plan where they can hang them.

This experience was a great way to let the children create things individually and how they wanted it to look. They were proud of their work and couldn't wait for them to dry.

Later in the day, Emily helped me stick some on the wall and thread ribbon through some to hang off the ceiling.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

KIDSPACE Christmas Party

Drawing with chalk

I had put the chalk out, then Jack came and said, "Where are the ones Mollie brought us". I said, "I will go and have a look for them". I then brought them out. Jack and Charlie were the first ones to show an interest in chalk drawing. Then eventually their was a busy group of children creating which included Noah, Maia, Ahlyna, Cian and Lexi,(who stayed for a little bit to write her name). After the boys had done a few drawings they decided to lay down on the concrete and draw outlines of their bodies. Maia had observed them doing this and lay on the ground also, so I asked if she wanted me to draw around her body, she nodded. These children are showing the ability to express themselves and ideas through different media, in this case chalk.


Cleo's kitten comes for a visit

Cleo's mum had come to pick up Cleo and she said their little kitten had come for a ride in the car. A few children over heard and took interest. Cleo's mum offered to bring the kitten in, Ainslee and I said, "yeah, bring her in the children would love it". When the kitten came in Cleo got all excited, she picked it up and showed all her friends. The kitten eplored KIDSPACE and climbed in amoungst the blocks. When children get to interact with animals it's a great way for them to learn about empathy and being gentle.

Thanks for bringing your kitten in for a visit the children really enjoyed it.


Monday, 19 December 2011

A visit from Niche a Guide Dog.

Last week we had a lovely visit from Owen Wilson who is blind, also his wife along with his guide dog Niche.
The children got the opportunity to pat her, which was very special, as when guide dogs are on duty this is discouraged in case of causing a distraction.

A face of Imagery

A face of Imagery

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fire Truck, Fire Truck

Lately I have been singing and reading the storybook "Fire Truck" by Ivan Ulz with the children. The children love singing along with me and the c.d while doing the actions to the song. This interest has been extended by Noah, Cian and Joshua in which they have created their own fire trucks with mobilo and have been re-creating their own fire truck stories, together racing along to the next fire. From the pictures you can see their fire trucks have ladders just like the one in our story.
Ann December 2011

Magic Colours

Last week Lexi asked me how do you make her favourite colour - purple?
Supporting this question I set up a paint activity consisting of the primary colours of red, blue and yellow together with white. With a small group of children I explained how mixing certain colours together created different colours for example: red and blue make purple, yellow and red make orange etc. Charlie, Lexi, Taneesha, Hannah and Anika couldn't believe their eyes when they watched me mix colours together to create a different colour. They all excitedly had a go at mixing their own colours together to create new colours.
Ann, Exploration

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas Tree

A huge thank you to Mission View Gardens so do your Christmas shopping at Mission View Gardens this year and support this business who have donated a lovely living Christmas tree to KIDSPACE. The children can help care for the tree throughout the year, and each year we can bring it inside and decorate it.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

KIDSPACE Christmas Party

Reminder: this Thursday 8 December 4.30-6.30
Bring all the family and join in the fun!

Christmas Tree for KIDSPACE

We would really appreciate a donation of a pine Christmas tree (or branch) for the children to decorate.

5 Best Toys

"The 5 Best Toys of All Time," published, of all places, in the high-tech Wired magazine. Here is the list:

  1. Stick
  2. Box
  3. String
  4. Cardboard Tubes
  5. Dirt
What would be your top 5? Maybe a ball?

Monday, 5 December 2011

Happy Birthday Mollie

On Wednesday we celebrated Mollie's 5th Birthday and Graduation with a shared lunch.
Jude, Mollie's mum, brought in hot chips, fruit platters and also some edible dainty teacups, which the children really enjoyed. Happy school days Mollie.