If you’re following us over on our facebook page you’ll have noticed that most of the activities that I’ve been sharing recently have had a bit of an ice lolly/ice cream theme going on. The weather has been absolutely glorious, so of course we have been making and eating lots of lovely frozen treats, but I’ve also been using them as inspiration for our creative and role play activities and even sneaking them into a bit of early maths too.
Here’s a round up of some of the activities we’ve been doing in the last few weeks….
As you can see we mostly do open ended creative activities with the girls and they are free to explore and take it in any direction that they like. We also love games which are great fun to play together and are brilliant for consolidating the knowledge and skills that they have gained through their play.
My favourite thing about a theme is when it takes you in an unexpected direction and you end up exploring things that you never would have thought to introduce. I thought it would be nice to show the girls how Ice cream and Ice lollies are made in a factory, so we found a couple of YouTube videos to watch. We learnt that most ice cream is made mainly of cows milk and watched some cows being milked, and then we watched the machines that make ice lollies. Mabel was really interested in the robotic arms that pick up the ice lollies and move them around, and I explained how they are controlled by a computer and how Daddy’s job is to write the code on the computer that tells the robots what to do. We’ve spoken a little bit before about Carl’s job and she’s been into his office, but I think seeing it in action (especially making yummy ice lollies) really sparked her interest. I found a brilliant game on the cbeebies website Nina and the Neurons: Go Digital which is all about computing and lets her test out some very early coding skills.
I also went to the ‘Summer Theme’ section on Twinkl and printed out some worksheets for Mabel. Worksheets aren’t something that I ever make her do, but I find that she enjoys doing them sometimes when she’s in the mood and it’s always handy to have something around stashed away that’s ready made and ready to go for those days when I’m tired and uninspired.
Here’s my Pinterest board of Summer themed activities if you are looking for more inspiration.
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