Over the last two weeks the nursery children have been talking about special days and celebrations. We looked at some of the special days that we enjoy, such as birthdays and candles, bonfire night and fireworks and Christmas with its lights and presents and then we travelled to India on our magic carpet to learn about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and find out about some of similarities to our own special days.
The children enjoyed hearing and sequencing the traditional story of Prince Rama, Princess Sita and how she was rescued from the ten headed monster, Ravanna.
We made diya lamps from saltdough and decorated them with paint, glitter and sequins and then enjoyed singing ‘This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine’. Some children used their imagination at the playdough table and used available tools and resources to create more diya lamps!
We made our own mendi hands using string dipped in brown paint and then some children made their own mendi hands in the outside area using large chalks.
A large tiger came to visit us in the nursery. We listened to the story "The Tiger That Came To Tea" and then retold the story later in the week and the children held their own tea parties. We also enjoyed "Handa's Surprise" and we squenced the story using different fruit cards.
We did an Indian dance using scarves whilst listening to some Bollywood music.