Wow! September has flown by! We were spoilt for sunshine and beach days this summer but I have to admit to being ready for the change in season. I love everything about the Autumn.... woodland walks, new boots!, cosy nights in ....... crumble!!! Here's what everyone else has been loving this month....
*Celebrating my niece's first birthday
* Downton Abby
*Booking Christmas 'Winter Wonderland' Center Parcs (Oh yes!!)
* The woodburner
* Jamming with the boys (translated - playing the guitar whilst being jumped on by Art & Bill)
* The boys coming to watch him play footie :)
*Windy Autumn Days - particularly when his hat gets blown off :)
*Swimming with Grandma (Thanks Mum!)
* Creating long ramps and tracks with Daddy.... must be a man thing!
*Blackberry picking (& eating!)
* Singing in the car
* Being thrown around by Daddy
* Playing with Tilly (Billy & Tilly.... it's too much..... can you imagine if they get married?!! )
Billy loves berries ... strawberries, blueberries, raspberries... they make perfect finger food for a growing boy!
Last weekend I took the boys blackberry picking. Bill was delighted to discover a woodland full of free snacks he could pick himself.....
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We didn't go home with quite the blackberry crop I 'd hoped for, Billy couldn't get his head around collecting the berries, each one had to be eaten there and then or an almighty tantrum would follow!
So after a quick trip to Sainsburys we grabbed a few more punnets .... mixed them with our ten carefully hand-picked ones and got down to business.... crumble making!
Arthur was a very willing helper.... Bill had to be kept at a safe distance away from our ingredients - he is an eating machine!
He did reap the benefits of a hard morning fruit picking.....
Happy Weekend All!
This week I was inspired to try a little foil play with the boys after reading Jennie @ Edspire's post 'Pieces of Eight Invitation to Play'. It's a wonderfully simple activity to set up - just coloured blocks and pre-cut pieces of foil in a range of sizes. It was a perfect activity for Arthur to explore whilst Bill was napping. It's a great starting point for conversations about shape and size for budding mathematicians.
My little explorer was much more excited to unwrap each 'present' exclaiming 'Oh wow... a blue/red/green block' than wrap anything himself but it is certainly something we will revisit again.
We moved on to creating our own foil picture which turned in to a bit of a mark-making activity with the glue stick. Arthur created different shapes with the glue to stick his sequins on. Once he had finished I suggested having a closer look at his masterpiece and gave him a torch. He was really focused as he explored the effects of light on the different areas of his picture.
To follow this I set up an activity to encourage some mark-making. A few weeks ago we collected some beautiful white pebbles from our local beach and I thought they would make great name stones. I marked each with a letter from Arthur's name and over the next few weeks I am going to hide them in different sensory trays so that he can practice ordering them to create his name. This time I let him loose with a chalk pen and the stones were just there as an extra sensory experience.
As he drew, he enjoyed listening to the rustling of the foil and the chalk pen glided easily around the slippery surface so he enjoyed forming long wiggly lines and circular shapes. Next time I think I will cover the whole table and let him have a bit more freedom to make some larger movements.
He spotted the first pebble straight away' that's an A for Arthur' he told me. He is so inquisitive about letters at the moment - learning them as they mean something personal to him at his own pace. He knows 'H' for helicopter (from his helicopter landing pad) 'B' for Billy and 'G' for Grandad :)
Once Billy was awake he was delighted to try his hand at a little drawing too. The stones added an extra sensory element an he managed to resist the urge to throw them near our glass doors!!
For more foil play ideas check out our pinterest board 'Foil Play' full of a whole host of exciting ways to use foil with your pre-schoolers :)