Kung Hei Fat Choi from the Acorns – 2018
This week in the Acorn Preschool the children have been exploring different seasonal celebrations – including Pancake Day, Valentines’ day and Chinese New year.
On Monday, the Acorns were so lucky to have a visit from a real author, who brought along her animal puppets and helped us to tell a story. The children were very good at listening to the story, and all got a puppet of their own to hold onto and involve in the story telling. We especially liked the shiny dragon puppets!
The week started with the children exploring printing heart shapes and mixing paint colours to make cards for those who we love.
We were also so lucky to have snow to play with and experience. The children collected it in buckets, threw snow balls, and make some lovely patterns with their feet.
On Tuesday, the children enjoyed making and EATING pancakes with Mrs Alford. They all took turns to follow the recipe, mix and stir in the ingredients and then watched in awe and amazement as Mrs Alford tossed pancakes in the air for double, triple and even quadruple flips – catching them all successfully!!
The song of the week was ‘Mix a Pancake, Stir a Pancake’. Sing this with them at home and see if they can remember the words and actions.
On Wednesday the children joined in with the ‘Smile for a Mile’ sponsored event, where they walked, jogged or ran 1 mile. They loved this, even though the snow had been falling only minutes before we went out to take part. Rosy cheeks were glowing by the end, and all children raised their heart rate for over 15mins, whilst raising funds for new school play equipment. Well done Acorns!
By Wednesday our attention and focus turned to the preparation and celebration for Chinese New Year (on Friday 16th Feb) when the Year of the Dog started.
We have learnt, through reading books and watching a Chinese family on cbeebies, how Chinese families prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year. At the start of the week, we were busy cleaning the house in preparation for putting up our Chinese decorations.
The children explored making chinese writing through mark making with paint and pens. They constructed chinese lanterns using their cutting skills and dancing dragon puppets by combining materials by sticking.
The children also noticed that Chinese food is a little different and that funny sticks can be used to eat the food. The children have explored making and serving noodles in the role-play area. In the fiddly fingers area, the children have tried to get to grips with using chopsticks to pick up pompoms, noodles (wool) and buttons. The children have also enjoyed listening to some chinese music and play with dancing chinese lion puppets, which inspired them to start their own dragon dance, using some long material.
The week finished with a chinese feast, where we explored eating noodles, egg fried rice, duck spring rolls and prawn crackers – most of which the children loved!
Stars of the day were Freya, Eva-Rose and Olivia – well done to you all.
Acorn Preschool staff want to wish all our Acorn children and their families a restful half term holiday, and look forward to seeing you again soon for more fun in a week.