This week Little Birds have been finding out and inquiring into how animals help people in their daily lives. They looked at the importance of guide dogs and assistance dogs.
The children wore a blindfold to experience what it was like to be visually impaired and they played guessing games with objects whilst wearing an eye mask; developing an understanding of people around us.
The children were very caring and trusting of each other. They gave verbal instructions to guide their friend around the outdoors area safely. This activity helped develop their personal, social and communication skills.
As an activity to develop their art skills, the Little Birds painted and decorated images of people and dogs, thinking about ‘Guide dogs’ and ‘Assistant dogs’.
They independently selected their own collage materials and used different size paint brushes to create the features on the figures.
The children also took a look at how horses help in a variety of ways, for example: to pull carts on the farm, take people in carriages like our King and Queen as well as helping police officers in London. Some children enjoyed making carriages from boxes, planning their own designs and joining different textured materials together with tape. These activities enhanced their physical, creative, expressive and thinking skills.
This week’s stories the children listened to were ‘The Detective Dog’ and ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’, by our chosen author Julia Donaldson.
The children spoke about how the detective dog helped the character in the book and also observed how the Sugarlump pony assisted the farmer pulling the cart.