Summer on the Patio

Summer Fun in the Sun is off to a great start on the Older Pod Patio! At the water table, we’re working on fine motor—pouring, twisting on and off bottle caps and other practical skills. We’re also mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. This fun, hands on experience is the best way to build knowledge of color concepts.

We have also been Walking the Plank to practice balance and coordination. This on theme, gross motor activity has all our friends trying to keep their little toes safe from the sharks below. Our bodies and imaginations are working!

Painting, water beads, peg boards, dramatic play grotto, and so much more have all our friends exploring and growing together and it’s only week 2!

Checkout a few of our Room 3 friends taking a break from cooking in our dramatic play grotto to have a jam session on our pots and pans! This is a great demonstration of creative play— these friends found an alternative purpose for our materials and seized the opportunity to explore sound. They’re sharing space and materials effectively and developing an understanding of rhythm and music!

Patio Fun in the Sun

We are ready for some fun in the sun! The older pod enrichment patio is an extension of rooms 1, 2 and 3– our three year olds, young fours and our pre-kindergarteners. Our littles are given the opportunity to flow in and out of their classrooms during their free choice play time. This gives them plenty of options to explore areas that peak their individual interests. Check out some of the play centers ready for our campers to enjoy!

The Grotto: A fun dramatic play, Cafe Experience
The Water Table
Small World Play: Under the Sea / Coral Reef
Sensory: Ocean Rice and Mermaids

We are looking forward to a fun summer full of water play, sensory exploration, building, bonding and growing in Jesus’ love for us!

Stackin’ on the Patio

Our friends on the older pod patio are having some fun with can stacking! This open-ended play activity is giving us an opportunity to practice team building, taking turns, body balance and hand-eye coordination. As we stack, we’re expanding our understanding of major math concepts like cause and effect, weight distribution and, of course, problem solving. Check out all the excitement!

Happy February!

We are so happy to be together again! This week, on the older pod patio, we’re enjoying a baby bubble bath activity. Check out our friends as they practice showing love to their babies, imitating all the love they have been shown by the ones who care for them.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

We’ve also been hard at work painting, moving, building and exploring! Check us out!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from your friends on the Older Pod Patio! Check out some of the fun and festive activities we did in December…

We enjoyed gingerbread playdough!

We worked our fine motor muscles using gel sensory bags!

We did some STEM building with cups and ornaments!

We read to our Christmas cats!

We built with magna-tiles and jingle bells!

We enjoyed making Christmas sticker creations!

We cut pine needles and explored snow dough in our sensory bin!

We worked with friends to decorate our Christmas tree using loose parts!

We mastered our gross motor skills for the month by practicing going over, under and through the jingle bells!

We enjoyed cheering on our friends as they made their way through our Christmas obstacle course!