To continue with our Scottish theme this week here are some ideas that support emerging numeracy & literacy skills .
I wonder if some of you enjoyed a traditional burns supper ? Did you eat haggis, neeps and tatties on Monday after reading our post about it being Robert Burns birthday?
How about baking some shortbread ( a traditional Scottish biscuit )
Follow the simple recipe below .
Put the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the vanilla & sugar .
Squeeze the mixture into a ball with your hands. Sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut out shapes and place on the baking tray. Re-roll any leftover dough to make more biscuits.
Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes or until pale golden-brown.
This baking activity gives lots of opportunity to weigh and measure ingredients using scales and other measuring tools with a grown up supervising.
Can you follow the instructions to weigh out the ingredients ? How about timing how long the shortbread will take to cook? Watch the clock to keep a eye on the time.
If you make some yummy shortbread please share some photographs with us.
I wonder if you know what tartan is?
Tartan is a traditional Scottish pattern and usually seen on kilts.
Maybe you have worn a kilt or seen someone in your family wear a kilt to a special occasion such as a wedding or party.
Have a look at the tartan below .
Can you make your own tartan picture?
All you need is some pens, chalk, crayons or paint and paper .
Experiment making symmetrical patterns using lines and crossing them over .
Share your creations with us.
Scottish rhymes and songs
If you were in nursery this week we would be enjoying listening to a selection of Scottish stories, rhymes and songs.
Here are two of our favourites.
Try learning the words to – Three craws
Do you recognise any of the Scottish words and know what they mean?
Can you join in the rhyme using your fingers to represent the number of craws, counting down as they fall?
Can you practice counting up to 3? Or how about counting up to 5 or even 10 or more?
Our all time favourite that we sing all year round in the nursery is – You cannae shove your Granny off the bus. This is such an upbeat song even our quieter children love dancing and singing along at the top of their voice. Get your grown ups singing and dancing along with you.
Have fun and remember to share your learning with us.
We love to hear what you have all been up to, as we miss you all very much.