Diwali is a Festival of Lights and one of the biggest celebrations in India each year! Wee Watch Providers and children enjoyed discovering and exploring India in November.
With white lights setting the tone in the room, we made Rangoli using glitter glue rather than the traditional coloured sand.
The children practiced their fine motor skills while stringing flower garlands to wear. It’s incredible to watch their skills develop and improve as they work at it.
We also created some elephant masks. The children painted them and decorated the masks with gems
Snacks of clementines, raisins, pistachios, Kheer (rice pudding) and Lhassi (mango and yogurt smoothie) were sampled by all.
Both the Providers and children enjoyed experiencing smells, tastes, sounds and words from another country!
The children participated in many fun activities which included learning a traditional old favourite game of London Bridge is falling down.
Crowns were individually designed in different ways, using construction paper and paper rolls. The crowns made wonderful props to assist in being princes and princesses.
The opportunity was given to make a very own private castle from a variety of craft materials with the guidance of their provider. Very excited children were eager to share their creations with their parents!
Out of a variety of sizes of boxes the double decker buses were created. Discussion took place about the buses and even a pretend ride was taken.
Visiting England would not be complete without a tea party. Pretending to make and pour tea in the kitchen centre, sipping out of small cups and eating small cookies was great fun!
It was a magical morning. I couldn’t help but delight in the jewel patterns that the sun left on the soft, green grass and bits of leaves and twigs as the bright rays danced through the leaves of the big old trees that call home to Sunnidale Park in Barrie. It made me think of the many jewels that adorn the mummies that are such big part of Egyptian history and culture. The sky through the trees was clear and blue. Just like the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea that border two sides of Egypt although the clear waters of Egypt have more of a turquoise colour. The famous Nile River also runs through the vast desert land with sand as afar as the eye can see …….the land called Egypt.
It really was a magical morning filled with smiling faces and eyes bright with excitement. Everyone eager to explore the park, take in the fresh late summer air and explore the ancient land of Egypt. Our Summer ECE College student Bree had planned a morning of activities and crafts including a delightful snack all based on the theme of Egypt. We learned a little bit about the culture and the history as we played and enjoyed the company of our friends. We learned the capital of Egypt is Cairo. We drew pictures of mummies. We built pyramids with blocks. We played some games and we adventured through the “desert sands” in the playground. We took a break from all the activity to share snack with our friends. Pita, hummus and yogurt was on this morning’s menu in honour of Egyptian culture.
We all had fun enjoying the perfect day. Some of the children created large mummy pictures and others worked together..
Bread is served at most every meal in Egypt. Bread is usually made from corn, barley, or rice instead of wheat. Rice, couscous, beans, and fruits are also served. Egyptian people do not eat much meat, milk, or dairy foods. When meat is eaten, it is usually beef, lamb, goat, or rabbit.