This invitation to play needed no instructions. As soon as they found it they were excited to start.


  • Play foam
  • Toy dinosaurs


I left some play foam and dinosaurs out on the tray to be discovered. They got straight to work modelling with it.

As always they worked differently. Finn launched right in, working quickly through his dinosaurs.

In contrast, Ioan took his time, telling us facts about the various dinosaurs as he worked.

Ioan got a bit frustrated at times because it is difficult to get much accuracy with play foam. He was working with it the way he would with play-dough and not getting the same results. Once I’d explained it wasn’t about accuracy and just to enjoy the sensory experience, he was happy again.

Finn wasn’t phased about the lack of accuracy, he was very happy with his creations. He wasted no time in lining them up for kisses with their Daddies.

Afterwards they had a competition to see which of their dinosaurs could roar the loudest. Finn’s styraurus (in his right hand) won. Ioan said, “That’s because it has ROAR in it’s name!”

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively.