This week we pondered the question How do you win a medal? We talked about how you have to train for a long time to be the best at your sport. We discussed that to get better at anything you need to practice and practice and it takes a lot of perseverance. We highlighted the fact that it’s important to keep your body healthy through exercise but also through good nutrition. I asked the children if they could tell me some foods that are healthy and some foods that are “sometimes” foods. We briefly touched on the healthy food pyramid and I explained that the foods at the top you should only eat sometimes or little of and the foods at the bottom you should eat the most of.
After the mat session we asked the children to draw a line down the middle of an A3 sheet of paper. One one side we drew a happy face and on the other side we drew a sad face. The children then cut out different foods from magazines and glued them on the happy face side (healthy food) or the sad face side (sometimes food). Some foods presented some dilemmas like the fruit flan. The fruit looked nice and healthy but the shiny rich syrup on top did not look at all healthy.
On a separate activity table we got down to making medals. We gave each child a piece of air dry clay (Fimo). We used to use DAS but Fimo has just brought out their version. It’s cheaper and looks, smells and feels exactly the same as the DAS version. Alternatively you could use this Crafty Clay recipe (Download here: Crafty Clay). It’s more of a playdough consistency but will also dry hard in air.
The air dry clay is quite hard and you need to squash it first and then apply a lot of pressure to be able to roll it. We found that the children had to stand up and lean down on the clay in order to squish it enough to roll it out.
We found some cups that were the perfect sized circle to form our medals with. Again, the children had to press hard and twist the cup downwards while applying pressure to make sure it cut through the clay. Then they pulled away the excess clay. We used a toothpick to make a hole in the medal so we can thread some wool or ribbon through when they are dry. The children could decide whether to add a 1, 2 or 3 to their medal for a gold, silver or bronze medal. Not so surprisingly every child, except one, choose to put a number one on. The remaining child chose to put a number two on.
Now we have to wait for the medals to dry so we can paint them with gold, silver or bronze paint. A fellow teacher was kind enough to offer to turn them for me the next day so that the other side can dry before we return to school next week.