Over on the art site the children used some of the small construction vehicles and painted the tyres to make texture pictures, used tissue paper to decorate the construction hats and exploring assorted textures through cutting texture 'bricks' to make a wall,
Also on the construction site was pens, pencils, crayons and paint pens to colour in the song of the week, Peter Hammers. The children had lots of fun trying to sing this song, do the actions and colour at the same time - they were much more successful during song time!
Many children enjoy having a go at arts and crafts activities, such as making collages, painting, drawing, making models or sticking and gluing things. Art and craft is a good way for children to interact and socialise with their peers, through fun activities. Some craft activities are likely to be designed so that children can have a go, on an individual basis and have a go at things themselves. Group craft experiences are beneficial too, where everyone contributes to a project.
The latter approach is great for building up social interaction with children and for them to learn about team work, sharing and cooperation. It’s also a wonderful achievement for them to be involved in a group project and they’re likely to feel very pleased with their contribution, however small or large.
With pre-schoolers in particular, taking part in art and craft activities can have significant benefits. For example, holding a pencil, crayon or paintbrush in their hands can help with fine-tuning motor skills. It improves their coordination and strength and will have long-lasting benefits, such as helping their ability to write and use a pen as they get older.
Taking part in art and craft activities is likely to be enjoyable for children and could help boost their confidence in their own abilities.
Art and craft comes under all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
Children who were in on Friday this week were all heroes as they all came dressed as super heroes in return for a donation to Children In Need and raised a fantastic £50! Miss Sallie made some Pudsey Bear biscuits to share at snack time too.
The building is built, the ticket office is finished, the tunnels are completed and tracks are laid. The passengers, will soon be on their way to climb aboard with Miss Clare and see what's coming to the role play another day.