Nursery Learn about Diwali
Nursery have been learning about Diwali this week and have enjoyed making Diya tea lights, out of salt dough. This is an excellent activity alongside things like playdough or Plasticine or clay to help develop fine motor strength and skills. To make a Diya lamp the children needed to roll a ball and then press their fingers to flatten it out and fit a candle inside. They then pinched the edges up to form a lip, so lots of skills involved. After the salt dough had been left to dry, the children chose colours to paint with and then eventually added sparkles using glue.
We also used the interactive whiteboard this week to make pictures of fireworks, using their fingers to press and select colours and create explosions of paint on the board. This linked to our other work on fireworks and the foundations of reading, by rolling a dice and seeing what firework we could see before making a matching firework sound.