In our mixed age Peep group we’ve had a healthy start to the year, exploring fruit and vegetables and talking about where they come from. We also chatted about how buying, preparing, cooking and eating food together supports children’s learning and development. While whizzing up bananas and milk to make delicious milkshakes we were able to talk about cleaning our teeth and handwashing; ‘Here we go round the Mulberry Bush’ is great for modelling the actions.
There are lots of songs to support this topic: ‘Pick up a fruit and put it in the basket’ and ‘Bouncing up and down on my little green tractor’ can both be sung to the tune of ‘Bobby Shaftoe’.
Our handwashing song is sung to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’/’I hear thunder’, and parents were impressed (and sometimes surprised) at their children’s enthusiasm for washing while they sang…
Soap and water, soap and water
Wash your hands, wash your hands
Rub them both together, rub them both together
Wash them well, wash them well
In Baby Peep we’ve been thinking about balance and co-ordination. The babies have been bouncing, stretching, clapping and grasping and we’ve had fun playing with beanbags and balls. We have been singing ‘Row, row, row your boat’, ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ and the old favourite ‘This is the way the ladies ride’. It’s such fun (and not just for the babies!) when they get to know a song, and you can see them waiting for you to touch their toes (or trying to touch their own), or getting excited before they go down in the ditch!
A simple but fun activity to try at home that helps develop co-ordination is playing roll the ball.