I week has stretched the imagination and yet we have had a great time with insects, instruments, ice (and introducing the long vowel sound) and marbling inks.
Now that we have learnt s, a, t, p and now i it is important to do regular blending as this will be what helps my little one to learn to read. This week we used some wooden letters. We lay them out to make words and he touched each one as he said the sounds and then blended them to make a word. When he struggled to do this independently I repeated the letters to him and he as able to blend them. Continued practise of orally blending words will be beneficial and I anticipate he will do this without support soon enough.
I have to be honest I don’t do enough messy play with the four year old. I don’t know why but sometimes think he’s “too old” which I know is a ludicrous notion or can’t bear the clearing up that is needed for a few minutes of play. However, this week I have embraced it and we had a great time making our own igloos. We used shaving foam mixed with bicarbonate of soda. We needed a lot of bicarb (about two cups full) to make the snow like consistency. He loved every aspect of this from squirting the shaving foam into the tuff spot (which was great for his fine motor skills) to mixing the foam and the powder together to then trying to make igloos. We had competitions to see who could make their igloo first and who could make an igloo that didn’t fall down. It seemed a shame not to climb into the shaving foam mix at the end and have a paddle which was probably the highlight for all three children!! He even enjoyed washing the tuff spot after the activity finished and squirted water and wiped it with a cloth which again built his hand strength ready for writing. The next day he asked if we could do the activity again which I think puts me to shame proving he definetly isn’t too old for messy play.
I like to include writing activities as often as I can as ultimately he will have to be able to write all the letters that he is learning to read. This week we wrote i in glittery gel. This was literally cheap hair gel mixed with a bit of glitter spread on a mixing tray. He loved this sensory activity and once he was able to do it in the gel he had a go using pen and paper.