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Hi Everyone, I'm relatively new to the forums and very new to 0-3.

 

I'm moving to the 2-3's room of the day nursery I work in, in a couple of weeks time. I've been looking at the development matters in the EYFS, just to give me a rough idea of what sort of stage the children will be at and to get my mind working about activity ideas that I could provide. Although I need to wait untill I actually get to know my key children and their interests first, I feel it's good to be prepared and having worked in pre-school for 3.5 years, I desparately need to remember what the littler ones can do/enjoy/learn from.

 

One thing I would love to do is a singing sack, we do this in pre-school and the children love it. (basically a bag with objects/pictures that link to different songs) Do you think that children of 2 would enjoy/understand this activity? Also, the bag we use in pre-school is a zip up bag (it's an old cushion cover really) as we aren't allowed draw string bags. Would 2 year olds be able to manage the zip if I put something large tied onto it so it was easier to hold?

 

I am so clueless!!! My new room leader is going to think I'm dense but it has been so long since I did anything with any children under 3.

 

Thanks

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I think they would love it especially if you start with simple nursery rhymes like twinkle twinkle.The nursery rhyme finger puppets are good for this and I usually give them in a bag as a Christening gift.Once they get the idea you can add to the selection.

 

Try an elasticated bag.Replace the cord in a drawstring bag with elastic and stitch at the end of the channels.You can still have a small hang up loop OR get a plastic box with a lid and decorate the sides. Ikea do a very good and cheap range of plastic boxes with lids that stack.

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I think it's a great idea - go fo it! You've considered how the resource might need to be modified for the younger age group...so not clueless at all. I've used a "spotty box" full of finger puppets with 2 year olds - the children take it in turns to choose one and then we match the puppet to a song or rhyme...they love it!

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We use singing sacks with our 2 year olds and they love it as long as you keep the songs short to hold their attention. We have a plastic treasure chest (we got it from the local pound shop)which the children can easily open.

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Thanks for the replies, I was very impatient yesterday and before reading your answers I got started decorating a cushion cover, (I am worse than the children for getting excited about things!) however like someone said, maybe it doesn't even need to have a fastener so I might just take the zip out. I don't know...I'll have a think. Anyway, thought I'd post a piccy of it so here goes.... (hopefully, never done this before so fingers crossed)...

 

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That's lovely, what a clever person you are...be careful posting that picture, you might have a few requests for you to make more! :o

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That's lovely, what a clever person you are...be careful posting that picture, you might have a few requests for you to make more! xD

 

Lol- well they can request but they'll be waiting a while, that one took hours! lol :o

 

Thank you both of you for the compliments though, I do enjoy making things.

 

Whilst I'm here, are there any other activities or experiences that you have provided for 2 year olds that have proved popular or successful?

 

(Can't you tell I'm looking forward to the change?!)

 

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Hi,

 

What a lovely sack you put together, well done.

 

How about a basket of instruments to accompany the songs next time too. You can gather some lovely musical resources quite easily these days.

 

I think they would also enjoy any "Treasure Basket" collections,

 

wooden items

 

shiny items

 

material samples etc.

 

Good luck

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