Oops... just realised that I haven't finished posting about the group messy play sessions I ran in the summer. The next theme I chose was The Very Hungry Caterpillar so that we could cover food, leaves, caterpillars & butterfly's. In the sensory box I popped lots of popcorn, we do have a popcorn maker which made this quite easy, I think I ended up using approx 300g of corn. I then raided our toy kitchen to find all the plastic food that is mentioned in the book & added some scoops & spoons.
This box was very popular with all the kids, we kept it made up at home the popcorn kept well & still smelt delicious 2 weeks later (though I wouldn't recommend eating any that old, it was OK to play with).
This week instead painting on the floor I moved it up on to a table so that they could create individual paintings. I was aiming for symmetry butterfly's & sponge circles to make caterpillars. Well the kids had their own ideas and were happy to paint freely, the glitter went down well :-) Joseph (4.5) wanted to make a butterfly so I drew out the shape on half the paper to help him (bottom left pic).
For some floor art I taped some black paper down for chalking. I did have more paper to hand in case they filled it up, but the chalk rubbed away by hand so their was no need. I must remember to do this in the kitchen for the boys on a rainy day!
Using left over coloured pasta from the previous week we made some caterpillars, with pipe cleaners & eyes. This is great for little ones that struggle to thread on to string.
For the other areas we had:
- Ball pool
- Leaf pool - Selection of leaves and pine cones. I used lots of different leaves including bay & mint to add some scent.
- Button & cotton real threading - which created some nice caterpillars
As usual we had a baby / quiet area, which included the book & a butterfly toy.
At the end of the session I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
x Jo x
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