A heartfelt thank you to Trabolgan

A while back I posted about my daughter’s interest in Barney and the various activities she did related to the Numbers Numbers episode. Sometime later she asked if she could write to Barney and his friends to “make sure they are happy”. She made a card and also chose to send some of her colouring pictures as a present to them.

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Here she is making the cards. She had a go at ‘writing’ the messages herself first then asked me to scribe for her.

 

Unsure where to post it to I came across the website for a holiday village in Cork, Ireland called Trabolgan Holiday Village (http://www.trabolgan.com/) and decided to post it there. I would like to say at this point that I have not (YET!!) been here and we of course had no expectations as to what response we might get from them, although I know she was hoping for a reply of some kind. She was certainly not disappointed! In fact she could not have been more excited and we all found the kindness and thoughtfulness really quite overwhelming.

Trabolgan response
Care and effort were taken over the letters sent to her in response as well as generous gifts.

They even emailed pictures of Barney holding her letter and a sign saying Thank you! We were all very touched by all of this and they truly went above and beyond what we ever could have imagined in reply. If this was anything to go by, this holiday village will be an exceptional place to visit. We cannot wait to visit Trabolgan and look forward to booking soon!

 

Thank you to the staff  who took the time to do all of this, it means so much.

 

Please note Trabolgan did NOT ask me to write this blog post, it is simply meant as a thank you for their act of kindness.

Multiple mini topics

Over the past weeks she has been following several interests simultaneously; clocks, flowers and triangles (amongst other things of course). She developed a strong interest in Big Ben after watching a recorded clip of the New Years Eve fireworks held in London, which has extended to a fascination with clocks in general and a desire to learn how to tell the time. She is now able to read o’clocks and is starting to grasp half past and quarter past/ quarter to. She also played a Big Ben internet game, which included learning a variety of interesting facts about Big Ben. She was also very excited to learn Big Ben is 7, 408 hula hoops tall!

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She took a photo of NYE fireworks on TV
Big ben built at ELC 26.01 (2)
Building Big Ben in ELC
big ben and millenium wheel 11.03
She used duplo to make Big Ben and London Eye
big ben and milenium wheel
We visited London, she was very excited to see actual Big Ben.
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Pretending the glow sticks are London Eye with fireworks around them
clock light and dark photos 26.01
She investigated using torches to see the clock in the dark. This was inspired by one of the facts she learnt on the game about Big Ben’s clock face being lit up at night.
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She drew Big Ben and pretended Baby Bop was next to it because she was visiting London to.
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We bought a Big Ben puzzle that we made together as a team.
Big ben puzzle 06.02
She pretended that Bob Builder’s vehicles helped to construct Big Ben.
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She even practices telling the time in the bath!
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Big Ben and London Eye became part of her Hex Bugs game to.
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This is her drawing of the London Eye
MK clock 26.01
She was fascinated to see the inside of the clock at Centre MK
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Telling the time
Big Ben puzzle 06.02 (6)
Acting out the internet game that involves cleaning the clock face.

Having noticed the early signs of spring, she became interested in flowers so we have been on walks to look for different colour and types of flowers, have visited garden centres and had fun doing other flower related activities.

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Drawing a flower with chalk at a play session
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Flower chalk drawing
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Mixing up green for her flower painting
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Flower painting work in progress
flower painting at scout hut 08.03
Flower painting
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Flower collage
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Flower collage
facepainting 03.03 (2)
Flower face painting by daddy
flower facepaint 07.03
Her own flower face painting she did on herself
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She made a flower bed…literally!
Willows Farm 08.02 (17)
Looking at the flowers in the spring display at Willows Farm
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Exploring flowers using all her senses at Stockwood Discovery Centre
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She noticed the flower pattern inside this old wagon at Stockwood Discovery Centre.
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This is her flower model at KIDS playground.
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Painting a flower at KIDS playground.
flower zoobles game 07.03
Making up stories with her ‘flower’ characters.

Her interest in triangles seemed to start rather randomly. She has spent much time looking for triangles in the environment, on car journeys and while walking. She has spotted a huge range of triangles in a variety of places. She also chosen to do lots of creative activities making and drawing triangles, for example from straws.

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She painted pipe cleaners then made them into triangles.
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Drawing traingles at a play session on a large board.
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Tactile triangle shape at KIDS playground.
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Wearing a triangle outfit.
triangle painting at home ed group 16.02.13
Painting a triangle at a play session.

Sensory Activities

Baking provides lots of sensory input.
Playgrounds offer plenty of vestibular input.
Light ups and flashing toys offer visual input.
This sensory room has lots of toys and resources for sensory input.
Tactile input- porridge oats

Tactile input with rice, porridge oats and pasta messy play.
Sand play is a great sensory activity.
Wet and dry sand play offers different tactile sensory input.
Science museum water play
Sensory play with popcorn (olfactory and tactile input)
There are lots of sensory products that offer sensory stimulation, such as this squidgy tactile mice and cheese.
Flashing light squidgy stars- great sensory toy.
Snow provides excellent sensory input!
Jelly stones tactile activity.
Soil is also a lovely natural sensory resource.
Bubble wrap provides auditory and tactile stimulation.
Water play in the garden.
Vestibular input from trampolines.