Early Years Groups in Museums Museums for Beginners – Animal Antics SEARCH
Animal Antics • The session is pre-booked for Pre-schools and Year R. • Hands-on • Lead by a trained demonstrator. • For 2 hours. • Ratio of minimum 1 adult to 4 children.
Session Objectives • To introduce young children to museums. • To give children an opportunity to experience the 5 elements of play: constructive play, explorative play, pretend play, games, and physical play. • To cover elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum : Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Creative Development.
Session Introduction Exploration Bags – What is in the Bag? This activity is undertaken in small groups. Each group has an object from the collection in a bag and they have to gain as much information as possible about it initially through touch then sight.
The Activities • Undertaken in small groups in any order. • 11 numbered and colour coded activities. • In 3 spaces/rooms. • Check list of activities provided for adults to record what the group has done.
Room 1 • Bug sorting • Make a minibeast finger puppet • Snap or Pairs • Tunnel Time and Make a Flying Visit • Rhyme Time
Room 2 • Who am I? • Magnificent Magnifiers • Feely Bags • Story Time
Room 3 • Crazy Creature Connections • Make an animal
Conclusion- Story There was an Old Lady who swallowed a …
Thoughts and comments ‘A wonderful experience of the unfamiliar for young children.’ ‘A valuable experience the children will remember.’ ‘It sparked their imaginations.’ ‘The visit extended the curriculum beyond the classroom, broadening the children’s experiences.’ ‘Children loved the opportunity to handle real museum artefacts and resources.’ ‘I was impressed that a wide range of subject areas were covered in addition to science.’