With an eager group of 2 year olds and a beautiful afternoon I was keen to come up with some activities that would keep them interested, involved and active. I took inspiration from a puzzle book from Parragon that had just landed in my office and decided on a transport theme. It didn’t take me long to come up with a range of activities that as usual more than used our time.
We began in the tent making the puzzle together with the early to arrive. By the time we finished the tent was filling up and we launched into the story. They children loved looking out for the little dog hidden on every page and it gave us the perfect chance to talk about different forms of transport and what we were going to make as we enjoyed the short rhyming lines that made the story.
Taken by the hot air balloon in the book we began by making our own version of a hot air balloon out of the businesses old laundry bags and toilet rolls. The children used felt tip to decorate their bags then added Duck tape and floristry ribbon to their toilet roll basket.
Having made our hot air balloons we had to find a suitable place to launch them from as ours were definitely going to travel down and not up! The air in the bags and lightweight nature of the toilet roll meant that the balloons glided down gracefully from the top of the pirate ship and the children tested it out over and over.
Inspired by our balloons we began making helicopters and paper airplanes next with the children helping to fold the paper with us. Back outside there was more testing. The paperclip weight and folded paper spun round like helicopter propellers while the paper airplanes soared above through the air. We found some sycamore seeds on the ground and showed the children how to make these spin like a helicopter too.
We had plenty more activities up our sleeve like our lovely Early Years Tractor letter tracing and train drawings but with time marching on we handed out the sheets to take home and moved on to apple boats inspired by Domesstique in her Country Kids post a few weeks ago. We substituted the wooden mast and paper sail for pieces of twig and leaves or feathers and headed off to Coombe Bridge over the river Camel to see if they would float and sail downstream. The children were thrilled to watch them sail away.
We recapped over the fun methods of transport we had made while Guy arrived to give us a ride on the train making our fifth mode of transport for the afternoon.
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