This week at Downend there have been plenty of spooky activities in the lead up to Halloween! The children in Nursery have been taking part in lots of arts and design activities. Some children made cotton wool ghosts, experimenting with dipping the wool in glue and sticking them to paper. Some used cardboard tubing with ends cut as a creepy crawly spider stamp! Babies have also been exploring salt dough this week, being provided with a variety of biscuit cutters in the shape of bats and pumpkins! The children discovered how the shapes leave different marks in the dough, moving it around and feeling the texture of the dough with their hands. Some Nursery children have had new siblings arrive at home, so the staff set up invitations to play with the toy dolls. The children did a great job of bathing, washing and drying up the toy babies and were praised for using gentle hands and kindness!
Kindergarten this week have been crunching through some Autumn leaves in tuff tray! The children used the toy trucks and diggers, scooping the leaves into piles and navigating around the sticks and wood pieces hidden around. In the art area some children have been creating amazing spooky masterpieces with paint, choosing from lots of different colours and mixing them together on paper! Some children have also been exploring the magnetic train track this week. They noticed that some parts stick together, and some push apart – but the children kept trying, finding ways to connect the pieces into one long train!
This week Pre-School have been busy in the art studio with lots of creepy Halloween crafting! Some children made collages on pumpkins and witches hats – choosing from resources like pipe cleaners, sequins and pom poms – whilst some created cotton wool ghosts on paper! The children carefully chose where each piece was going to go, and stuck it down with glue. They were all very proud of their creations afterwards! Pre-School also went on a spider hunt around the room this week, searching high and low for the toy insects that had been hidden around. The children discovered lots hidden in the water tray, and had great fun fishing them out and making lots of splashes!