We made it to week 10! At the time of writing this, still no baby but hopefully it wont be long now! This is the final post in the Discovery Table Series on the website, however if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, we will still be changing the table each week.
This is the penultimate week in our discovery table series and I couldn’t finish without featuring another of our favourite books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle! We have LOVED sharing the tables on the blog each week but with a new baby on the way, these posts will finish after 10 weeks. Not to worry though, as we will be keeping them going in real life – just keep an eye out on our Instagram and Facebook pages!
This week’s table features a lot of play food! At the recommendation of my insta-buddy Julie Curtin, I decided to feature Eating the Alphabet alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a way to explore healthy eating and occasional foods.
The very lovely Johanna from Hello Pear sent me these gorgeous story stones and they’ve already proved a massive hit with both my children and one of my students too:
Story stones are a fabulous way of helping children to retell stories in their own words. With my student we combined the stones with these days of the week blocks – both are available from Hello Pear.
Food glorious food!
For the rest of the set-up, I simply gathered together a range of play food into a felt IKEA shopping basket that would fit the ‘healthy’ and ‘occasional’ categories for the children to sort:
Check out the rest of the discovery table series by clicking on the links!
We absolutely love going to the zoo. In fact, we have an annual membership to the National Zoo here in Canberra! For toddlers, there’s something so fascinating and exotic about zoo creatures.
So what’s on the table this week?
As always, this is about using what we have rather than going out and buying new items. We’ve found this to be a pretty great way to do themed rotations of toys. Every time a new table is introduced, older toys gain a fresh, new appeal!
An invitation to build a zoo!
Dear Zoo story basket
These posts are just for inspiration – your own discovery tables may look completely different based on your own child’s interests and the resources you have at home. We’re almost at the end of this 10 week series, so here’s a link to the previously featured tables:
Confession here: I’m not very musical! HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I don’t encourage the children to explore and experiment with music because music is just brilliant for both creativity and self expression. The musical discovery table was inspired by recent musical purchases whilst on a coastal trip.
So what’s on the table this week?
This is the first time we’ve based a table on new purchases. Remember, the main reason we started this series was to make use of what we already had and to make sure that we were rotating toys often.
A saucepan and wooden spoon:
A basket of musical goodies:
A selection of musical instruments:
Whilst we’re heading towards the end of our 10 week Discovery Table series, you can check out older posts here:
As the weeks roll on, we’re definitely getting into a bit of a groove with our discovery tables. Both kids enjoy the introduction of new items each week and we’re finding that items are played with way more than if they were just stuck in the toy boxes.
Online, I intend to make this a 10 week series, but we will definitely be carrying it on for much longer in real life! With a new baby on the way next month, I need to be realistic about my work schedule.
What’s on the table this week?
As always, we have a collection of books and toys from our collection as well as a tray of nature finds to play with. You’ll find more details on the captions below:
Exploring nature provides the opportunity for little learners to investigate the world around them. Link the nature theme with trips to the forest, local nature reserve or even the back garden to aid sensory exploration.