Yesterday I had some time to kill, and thought that I would do a fun activity with Emily. As much as we love to create messy pictures, I had something else in mind. My grandma has this great collection of buttons and she can’t possibly ever use them all, so I thought why not turn it into a picture. We created a pumpkin button picture, and I absolutely love the way it turned out, so I thought I would share with you how we created it.
First I got a piece of card and cut out a pumpkin shape, I then stuck lots of sellotape to the back of it. I run out of clear sellotape so we ended up using washi tape. It actually didn’t look that bad. I then put lots of buttons into a pot and let Emily stick them on. We run out of orange buttons, so the buttons were a mixture of creams, orange, and reds.
I’m so impressed with how the picture turned out, it looks so pretty in a frame. Emily is impressed with how it turned out, she constantly points to it and tells me what colours the buttons are. Emily loved to stick the buttons to the pumpkin, she also tried to pull them off and replace them when she couldn’t fit in another one which I thought was clever on her part.
Areas of learning
As a nursery practitioner, I was required to track the development of the children in my care. Using the 7 areas of learning and development as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years objectives as a guide I could observe the following during play.
Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group.
Moving and handling
Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
personal, social and emotional development.
Seeks out others to share experiences.
Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.
Begins to use the language of size.
The Early Years Outcomes document is a non statutory guide to support practitioner. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others such as ofsted, throught the Early Years as a guide for making best fit judgement about whether a child is showing typical behaviour for their age, may be at risk of delay or ahead for their age.