Monday, February 27, 2017

Equipment for our Fire Truck

Last week I shared that we started to build a fire truck.
But we needed to decide what colour to paint it.
The children decided by voting when they signed in.
They put their picture beside the coloured fire truck they wanted.
Each colour truck is from fire stations in our community.
Over three days voting it was a close race but red won. 
Last Friday we had tours of one of the local fire stations.
Our focus was learning about fire safety but also what equipment is needed
on a fire truck.
The children were given a work bag that contained a clipboard with
an outline of a fire truck.
After listening to firefighter Greg they were to draw in the missing equipment.
I think they did a great job recording what they saw.









Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fairy Lane Refreshed

Today we visited Fairy Lane to clean it up after our big snow fall.
The heavy, wet snow did a lot of damage to the little homes.
We cleaned away two grocery bags of bits and pieces.
Since we cleared doors away we came prepared to add new ones.

 After Fairy Lane we walked to the tree where we left our scarecrow
We found the clothes!
The hat and shoes were in front of the tree where we left them.
Walking around the tree we found the shirt and gloves
and a bit farther way we found the pants.
What I found exciting was finding a little bit of the pumpkin left.
Another great day outdoors.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Does It Fit?

I created another activity I thought toddlers would enjoy.
 I taped different size tubes around the outside edge of this table.
On the table there were lots of things to drop into the tubes;
pom poms, balls, and corks.
I noticed that most toddlers started at one tube 
and dropped as much as they could through it.
Until they found a ball that wouldn't fit.
Sometimes they would force it in till it became stuck.
I spotted this child trying to stick her hand down into the tube 
to get the ball.
So we found a tool (a yardstick) that she could use to poke until
everything came out the bottom.
When an older child found a ball that didn't fit they
walked around the table trying all the tubes
till they found one that it would drop
through.
The tubs, baskets and cans underneath the tubes were an attraction too.
They were placed to catch everything but sometimes
they would get kicked out of the way.
Or purposefully picked up to be dumped
like this child did.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Making Colours

Instead of filling jars with paint for the easel myself,
I encouraged the children to create their own colours.
They loved mixing the colours.
I predicted we would have a lot of grayish brown colours
but instead there were many shades of purple.
After mixing they moved the jar to the easel to paint.
When it was empty someone brought it back and created their own colour
then repeated the process.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Deciding What to Build

We had planned a city bus trip a couple of weeks ago but with
all the snow we received the trip had to be cancelled.
Since that time I had started thinking about introducing fire fighters
to our program.
But I wasn't sure if the children wanted to move on from the bus idea.
To see where their interest lays I did a survey.
The children had to pick between building a bus or a fire truck.
A couple of pages later the tally favoured a fire truck.
This morning we dug out a big box and started to transform it.
This is a really wide box so we will be able to have two drivers.
I know this doesn't represent a real fire truck 
but it's important to meet the needs of the children
and driving a truck is a high interest.
We pulled out some equipment to begin the play.
Next week we will decide what colour to paint the truck.
We will also visit a real fire station and learn more
about a fire truck.