This is a beehive, complete with bees all tucked up inside, the brain child of a two-year-old and made with a little technical help from an adult (aka me!), made with the chocolate dough we had out in the summer (see below for recipe!).
I like to put different materials out each time I make new dough. Some examples are a box with lots of bottle tops and jar lids, or a pot of tooth picks, or a garlic press, some birthday candles, or scissors to cut the dough into lots of tiny pieces! For December I made 'Christmas dough' scented with cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice and put out a dish of fresh cranberries, it smelled divine and the children were enchanted with it!
- CLL - Language for communication as they use words to describe the dough and what they see, feel and smell, language for thinking as they sequence events a they play, and writing, using the dough to make marks and shape letters.
- PSRN - describing the position of the dough - on top of, behind, under, showing their understanding of space, they may describe the shape of the dough, or compare a ball to a circle, or count the number of shapes they have made.
- KUW - Exploring and investigating the dough and its properties, learn about ways they can put the dough together, using tools to help them.
- PD - using equipment and materials.
- CD - Responding to waht they see, hear, touch and smell, expressing their thoughts and feelings through the dough, exploring media and materials, trying out new things, practising things they know they can already do with the dough