Throughout term 2 Ms Sara and Ms Hayley have been leading F2 parent and children after school clubs. These clubs have been planned to extend the children’s learning and creativity whilst spending quality time with one of their favourite adults. During the school day F2 children are constantly kept busy and occupied so when it comes to the end of the day it is understandable that they can become a little more easily distracted and lose focus. By inviting the parents to join them in the after school club, the teachers can plan more hands on exciting experiences that they would not be able to do without the support of the children’s parents and that motivates the children to participate.
This term the parents have enjoyed a variety of art and craft activities that promote the children’s creative development, as well as improving their fine motor control when using tools such as scissors and hole punches. Other activities have included family sports races, dancing, singing, music making, food tasting and puzzles. All the activities planned in club can be replicated at home. Below are two of our favourite club days.
Blind folded food tasting!
We all know that children can be a little fussy when it comes to trying new foods. Whether it is the shape, colour or texture that is putting them off it is important that children are exposed to new foods. Did you know that children have around 30 000 taste buds compared to an adults 10 000 taste buds! This means that our youngest children have super hero standard senses when it comes to enjoying or not enjoying their meals. A result of the change in the number of taste buds a child has as they grow up is that their preferences for different foods might change.
During one week of club the children and parents were blind folded before tasting unknown foods. Once they had been brave enough to try the food we talked about the taste and textures and whether or not they actually liked the food! After removing the blind fold the children identified what food they thought they had tried. This activity got the children trying fruit that they had previously turned their nose up at.
This is a really enjoyable activity that the whole family can do together so next time your child says they don’t like that vegetable why not try and make it into a game. After all, their taste buds are continuing to change so what they didn’t like last month they might like this month.
One week the children went off exploring the school in order to find puzzle pieces. Once all the pieces had been found they returned to the classroom to complete their puzzles which revealed a picture of them and their parent. Puzzles are a vital part of a child’s development and help develop key skills that all the children need to progress. These skills include;
Physical skills – holding puzzle pieces and turning them until they fit.
Cognitive skills – problem solving as they create a picture.
Emotional skills – they will learn patience and will enjoy the reward of completing the puzzle.
Social skills – co-operating and turn taking with another when working together.
It was wonderful to see that even our parents struggle with completing puzzles and enjoyed the challenge they set. So next time you are thinking of treating your little ones to a toy or gift remember to consider buying them a puzzle. Making puzzles will promote their early maths development and problem solving skills and they are so much fun!
Ms Sara and Ms Hayely would like to say a huge thankyou to the Mums, Dads and Nannies that joined us each week for club. Their attendance allowed the children to spend quality time with their grown up through hands on interactive activities. The teachers hope to see lots of you for more parent and child after school clubs next term.