This week we have had a Project Week. The staff planned lots of activities around the story Handa’s Surprise. The aim of the week was to develop children’s language when solving problems.
Each day the staff worked together to make the story “grow” down the corridor. We wanted the children to be excited about what would happen next. It also helped children to become aware of how the story is structured, thinking about a the beginning, middle and end of the story.
Handa travels on a journey to take some fruit to her friend Akeyo. She carefully puts fruits she thinks Akeyo will like in her basket. As she travels, different animals take a piece of fruit without Handa knowing. The children learnt the names of all the animals and explored the different fruits.
The children were given a problem to solve. They needed to find their own way to carry all of the fruit. They came up with amazing designs and tested to find out if they worked. They found out that they had made their bag too small or not strong enough. They discovered that a handle was useful and that they must not have any holes in the bottom!
The story ends with a goat bumping into a tangerine tree. Handa’s now empty basket is filled with falling tangerines. When Handa reaches Akeyo’s village, Akeyo is surprised with her gift and Handa is surprised to find Tangerine’s in the basket!
The children finished their week with fruit salads made from hand’s fruit.
The children really enjoyed the week, with lots of excitement with the displays, solving problems and tasting new fruits.
We hope you enjoyed watching the animals appear too!