Today the Kindergarten and senior Kindy rooms made cup cakes. Everyone washed their hands very well before we started and then Miss Jen read out the ingredients. "5 cups of caster sugar". The children took turns as the bowl made its way around the table and the children put in their portion of sugar. Then came the butter and vanilla essence. The children all had a go using the electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar into a gorgeous creamy mixture."Remember to hold the bowl as well" said Miss Jen. Then flour was added. The children found the flour sifter a little hard to use as you need a strong hand to use it. So some of the children just shook it to get the flour out. Next came the folding of the ingredients. The children gently stirred the mixture using the big spoon and by the time it had gone around them all it was well and truely mixed. Miss Jen scooped the mixture into patty papers and the children finished off by dropping some colourful m&ms on top. Everyone is looking forwards to eating our cupcakes after they are cooked at afternoon tea. Yummy!
Children are learning about personal hygiene and why we need to wash our hands before preparing food. They are learning about quantities and ingredients and how to make cupcakes. They are learning patience as they wait their turn to stir the mixture. Later they will be learning to appreciate their hard efforts by enjoying their cupcakes. ... See MoreSee Less
Sensory with Jelly 12.1.18 Today in the toddlers room we had messy sensory play, this allowed the children to be free and use any sensory or senses that they felt comfortable using.
At first the children were a little standoffish, you can see this in a few photos with their facial expressions, and we could see also with their body language.
With the educators support the children became confident and supported to move on in and explore the jelly.
The toddlers built their social and emotional well being skills as a few offered to share the jelly with the child beside them, and they also built their emotional through the sensory side, feeling, smelling and tasting.
As the exploring went on the children developed curiosity, confidence, creativity, enthusiasm and imagination as they found different ways of manipulating the jelly. The children also learnt that in certain activities you can transfer and adapt what they have learnt from one context to another, for example- exploring and getting to know what jelly is, too eating it because most of them have experienced it at home. ... See MoreSee Less
This morning while outside we did easel painting. The children engaged in a shared experienced which opened up communication, sharing and bonding with one another. They mixed colours together, painted their hands to create prints on the paper, they also made different patterns as they manuplaited the painting brushes. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year to all our wonderful Smart Tots families and friends. Thank you all for such a awesome 2017, it was the very first full year of Smart Tots being opened. We are very excited to look forward to all the childhood memories we will make with your Little Learners during 2018. The goals we will set and achieve with your support and input and the milestones your children will reach as they grow and develop. ... See MoreSee Less