I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!

❄️🍦🍨❄️We do like to follow our children’s interests here at Jollies, however ‘random’ (and unusual!) they may sometimes be, and recently a HUGE interest was… ice cream! Our children were talking about it lots after family days out and they started to pretend to create and serve it in our role play house.Imogen quickly noticed that this was an area that we severely lacked books in… so a quick Amazon order soon had ice cream- themed books winging their way to nursery; both fiction and non – one was all about how ice cream was made!! The role-play shop counter was transformed from its last set up as a florists into an ice cream parlour and all that was left was for imaginations to flow! Sprinkles were chosen, fantastic flavours created and ice creams flew out of the shop!Lots of role-play emerged (with pretend counting, discussion about money and much talk of change to be given and quantity etc) and turns were taken to buy and sell ice cream. The queue was a long one as these jolly ice creams were obviously just so delicious! Some dinosaurs even got in on the mix too, as our children’s different role-play areas collided and then organically merged into one!! The T-Rex was a bit greedy though and he kept gobbling up all the lollies!!Inspired by our children’s role-play and interests, pudding was even switched up a bit too, as Free-Flow asked James to get them some ice cream cones and instead of having their ice cream in bowls 🍨 they had it served in a cone instead🍦This caused much excitement!!!Imogen then extended this interest even further by introducing real ice cream to explore and play with! Our children honed their physical skills by experimenting with ice cream scoops and spoons and they explored capacity as they filled differing sized containers. They also loved the sensory feedback they got from the cold ice cream… it was fun, if a little messy and sticky at the end, and the three flavours mostly merged into a messy brown liquidy mix (although lots of interesting observations and comments were also made as this change occurred too… every moment’s a learning one!!)Where will our children’s interests take us to next on our exciting jolly learning journey? We can’t wait to find out… xxxx

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