At JINS’ Winter Wonderland this week, we’ve been discovering the wonder and beauty of the winter season!
Children have been enjoying a blizzard of activity ranging from hands-on sensory play to moving like Penguins in Music & Dance, to building their very own Snowmen.
All activities at JINS’ Winter Wonderland are tailored according to our learners’ age and needs – and our winter theme inspired by nature has ignited a whirlwind of creativity – whilst also helping the children to understand the world around them.
Ice, Ice, Baby
To start off the week, the children learned about ice, snow, and how raindrops are formed. What do they look like and how do they feel?
Our youngest learners then enjoyed taking part in a ‘penguin rescue’ activity where penguins were buried in ice in a tuff tray. When warm water was poured into the tray, the children loved watching the ice melt and used their paintbrushes to rescue each penguin. The children also experimented with ice pops to see what marks they could make!
Next up, the children investigated pretend snow and used spoons and small bowls to scoop the snow from tuff trays. The children loved touching the snow and squeezing it in their hands. They also enjoyed exploring the kinds of marks that small cars made when they moved them about in the snow….
Older children had a blast dipping their feet in white paint and walking on paper to pretend that they were walking on real winter snow. Brrrr….!
During our Communication & Language Skills Development, the children had the opportunity to express how they felt when they touched cold ice. They touched the ice with their hands and then touched their cheeks. They then shared their feedback using phrases such as “‘ ice makes my hands feel wet and cold”.
“Do you wanna build a Snowman?” Yes, please! And here are the finishing touches…
Snowstorms for the Inquisitive Minds…
To activate our inner inquisitive mind, the children made their own swirly whirly Snowstorms in a jar. They carefully poured their ingredients into a jar and watched in amazement as the snow moved around within its controlled environment.
The Art Artic
As a way to expand their learning through expressive Art and Design, the children made wooden snowflakes which they decorated as they pleased, using natural materials such as crushed dry leaves.
Sticking and unsticking objects during igloo making was also a fun way for the children to be involved in physical activity. This activity is great for boosting the development of hand and eye co-ordination.
Festive Messy Play
Oooooh, we love Messy Play…especially with these Spaghetti Festive Trees!
Winter Magic in Maths
To build our Maths skills, the children took part in a counting and sorting activity. They sorted and placed a given number of snowflakes according to colour, using blue and white snowflakes.
The children danced and moved like penguins, during Music and Movement time, and had the opportunity to play with musical instruments imitating raindrops and snowflakes falling from the sky. Being blessed with large, exciting outdoor spaces, the children took full advantage of exploring the outdoor world climbing and engaging in pretend play.
Want to join in with the fun this week?
The wonder and excitement at JINS, never stops! Our theme for this week’s activities is inspired by Disney’s ‘Ice Age’ and it is snow much fun!
Children can join for one day, or have the choice to join our camp for the rest of the week! Find out more here and register today….there are limited seats on our sleigh!