Pre-school have been busy incorporating fitness into our day at nursery today. We have completed a range of activities throughout the day so far. Upper pre school began their morning completing our “Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle” program. This incorporates dance, music and large movements to help children develop the fine muscle control they need for writing. They will learn a new gross motor movement to a piece of music while holding 'flappers' (bits of fabric) while dancing along to the music. The children then transfer these movements to floor level and swap their flappers for writing tools (crayons/pens etc) to make marks on paper etc. They will then use this action to think of letters they can form that use this shape. These sessions are great fun but most importantly help your child to be confident mark makers.
We also completed fine motor skills activities too and used tweezers to transfer pieces of sweetcorn from one tray to another. This was great practice to squeeze the tweezers together and focusing on the vegetable items. In addition we practiced ”bowling” and rolling the ball to knock the skittles down.
We explored different food types and had the opportunity to touch these and explore the food items. We discussed what our favourite foods are and discussed the texture of the items. A favourite was exploring the coconut and experiencing the different sensory textures on it. we used fruit and vegetables to print and create our own artwork designs. During this time we discussed what “healthy eating“ is. These conversations continued at snack time too; whilst children helped prepare their own food.
Throughout the day we have explored dance and participated in a dance session. Each pre school child chose their own dance move for everyone to copy. This caused lots of laughter too. We further explored stories linking to dance. Throughout this time we explored key dance words as well. We also joined in with yoga sessions too and practiced stretching and other moves as well.
In the outdoor environment we created our own obstacle course and explored different ways of moving around the garden. This included stretching up and down. We jumped, skipped and ran as well. We have seen children’s confidence grow in this area too