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Latest from Crawford Childcare Adventure Room While out in the garden the children asked for the parachute. The parachute was promptly brought out and the children had great fun hiding under it. Charlie and Jacob used cones to hold the parachute up, while Roisin and Caoimhe were running through it. Great fun was also had playing peek-a-boo under the parachute. Charlie’s Mum thought using the cones to hold up the parachute was a great idea and Sam’s Mum loved to see the children playing peek-a-boo. Discovery Room This week some of the children in the Discovery Room wen ton an outing in the local estate. They got appropriately dressed…

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Latest news from Crawford Exploring Room Emily took the bag with the lace curtains over to Laura and asked her to take them out. Laura took them out and Emily tried to put them on Laura. Kate decided this was a very good game and joined in too. Kate tried to put the lace curtains on Emily and both of them burst into a fit of giggles. They had great fun playing peep-a-boo together. As the girls had so much fun we plan to take the parachute out and play Peep-a-Boo with the rest of the children in the outdoor area. Emily’s Dad thought that was a great idea.…

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Latest From Crawford Explore Room Tadgh took the flour container and started to shake it. Laura asked if he would like to paly with it. He was very excited as they opened it. We put two large back trays on the table and started to pour the flour. Other children rushed over to put their hands under the flour rain. When the shower of rain flour stopped we poured some water on top. Again, the children squealed with delight as they put their hands under the pouring water. Then the children began to mix the flour with the water and we had a new texture to explore. Next…

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Latest From Crawford Adventure Room Some children wanted to paint and they weren’t shy in telling us ! Kieran said ‘paint’ , while Luke was pointing at the art shelf. Elena laid out the table with everything they needed – big pieces of paper, different containers with lots of paint in various colours. She also put some brushes, sponges and tape out. The children got stuck in and many showed an interest in the tape in particular so we helped them to break pieces off and stick it onto coloured paper. Others focused on their painting using the brushes and sponges. The next time we go painting we…

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Latest From Crawford Discovery Room Recently as part of Halloween we found Halloween pasta shapes in a basket on the shelves. There was a lot of talk about Halloween and pumpkins among the children. The pasta basket provoked interest in different shapes and colours and some of the children counted the different types of shapes. Conor accidently stood on a past shape and it broke. As this happened it made a crunch noise and Chloe said “Oh, crunchy!” and repeated this over and over again. This carried on outside while on a hike where Conor and Lee looked around for more crunchy sounds. Conor’s Nana thought all the…

Happy Halloween From Crawford

Happy Halloween From Crawford Discovery Room Cathy was talking about a recipe for protein balls which she saw on the back of a packet of Ready Brek she had for breakfast that morning. It was suggested then that the class should try to make the protein balls. We got all the ingredients together and the children helped with weighing, peeling, cutting and mixing the carrot, apple, dates, pumpkin seeds and porridge oats. We had to use a blender to get the texture right for the protein balls. While they were balking we chatted about the ingredients. Rose said the dates tasted like raisins, while Conor said he didn’t like…

Muddy Puddles in Crawford

Muddy Puddles in Crawford Exploring Room As a result of heavy rainfall puddles formed around the sandpits. The children love playing in the puddles as water play is a shared interest of theirs. In order to expand this interest we added washing up liquid to the puddles which created large quantities of bubbles. This really appealed to the children with two of them jumping right in! Once the bubble puddles were created the children began to walk through it. Having shown interest other materials were introduced including footballs, rubber ducks and bowling skittles. The children loved splashing through the bubbles.   Discovery Room Earlier in the week the children…

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Latest From Crawford   Exploring Room As Laura was folding away the sheets and blankets out of the laundry basket Cillian and Jacob had other ideas! They started to take them out of the basket to hide under them, leaving off screams and laughs as the pulled them off again. This gave us the idea to take out the parachute for the children to hide under, shake off, lift up and down and to walk or sit on. We placed balls in the middle and the children then shook the parachute. They really enjoyed hiding under the parachute – screeching, laughing and shrieking throughout. Some of the boys…

Enjoying the outdoors at Crawford

Enjoying the outdoors at Crawford Discovery Room While out on a hike one day last week Amelia spotted some apples growing on the trees. ‘Look apples!’, she exclaimed to her friends Peig and Sophia. Some of the children then decided to go on an apple tree hunt and they compared the leaves on the trees to see if any of our other trees were apple trees. Conor spotted a tree and said’ Look that one looks like a different tree.’Peig noted that we would have to wait and see if apples grew on it. After our hunt we discussed the importance of washing and cutting the apples before eating them.…

Autumn in Crawford

Autumn in Crawford Exploring Room We wandered outside and found a big muddy puddle next to the sandpit. Cillian and Jacob mad a dash to splash in the water with their feet. Then Killian saw what great fun was being had and decided to sit down in the puddle. We gave the boys a few cups from the kitchen which they used to pour the muddy water on the ground. They realised quickly that the water was sandy as well as muddy. After a while Cillian got a brush to get the water out of the puddle. He then realised that the mud could be used as paint…