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Colour Skittle Activity

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Bug Hunt Day 2

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Benefits of Water Play

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Sensory Food Play at Parent Toddler Group

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Exploring Colour with Yogurt

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Bug Hunt!!

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Benefits of music and singing

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An Experiment that goes wrong!

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Beach Trip and May Day Celebration

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Colour Changing Milk Experiment

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Exploring Colour with Skittles

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Exploring Colour in the Environment

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Well done Elodie!

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Extending Mixing Colour Activity

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Today's Activity

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Exploring Colour - mixing paint activity

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What sort of play personality has your child got?

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Schemas: How children learn to play

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Exploring Shape Activity

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Exploring Shape

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Sticking and Gluing Activity

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Starting School Books to Borrow

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Pasta Threading Activity

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Today's Adult Led Activity

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Sponsored walk for Children in Need

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Open Ended Resources

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Free Play

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Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Sponsored Walk

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Lolly Making Activity

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Playdough, trip to the canal and lolly making for today.

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Green Spaces

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Outdoor Learning

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The Children's Self Portraits.

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Outdoor play and Self Portraits.

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Problem Sovling and Mathematical Development

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Water Play and Jelly Making.

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Trip to Brockhill County Park Today

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Did you know that children will use five times more words when they play outside?

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Getting excited about the new classroom!

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Today's Activity

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Todays Snacks

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Did you know?

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Sunshine!

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Exploring Blossom

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Term 5 starts tomorrow.

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New toilets and Tiger Room are now finished!

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How many questions does you child ask?

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How Children Learn Through Play

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Time to Explore

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The Benefits of Sunshine and Fresh Air

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Monday 16th April 2018

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Monday 16th April 2018

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Holiday Club

Friday 13th April 2018

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Monday 16th April 2018

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Holiday Club 

Wednesday 11th April 2018

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Holiday Club

Thursday 12th April 2018 

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Monday 9th April 2018

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Tuesday 10th April 2018

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Thursday 5th April 2018

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Friday 6th April 2018

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018

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Wednesday 4th April 2018

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Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 29th March 2018

Fabulous attendance of parents/cares and family today!  Totally amazing Easter Bonnets.  Its important for the children's self-esteem to see the links between home and the setting and a big boost to their confidence to be praised for such amazing bonnets.

We at Little Cubs have a genuine commitment to work cooperatively with parents/carers and this impacts on every aspect of practice.

More events coming soon!

Today's Activities

Thursday 29th March 2018

Today the children are looking forward to the Easter Bonnet Parade.  We can't wait to  see the fabulous bonnets made by the children (with a little help!) and hope that everyone has enjoyed the process.  We will be having the Easter Egg Hunt and its always nice to welcome parents/carers into the setting to see the children.

Today's Snacks

Thursday 29th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal toast

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Rice Crispie Cakes made by the children

Milk or water

Today's Activities and Snacks

Wednesday 28th March 2018

Today we shall continue with the water play and observe how the children have developed.  By asking the children what they would like to add to the water you can use Sustained Shared Thinking techniques to extend their learning and to ascertain the connections they are making.

Morning

Wholemeal toast

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Cheesy biscuits

Apple and banana

Milk and water

Today's Activities

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Today the children will be:

  • Finishing off their Easter Cards
  • Making some chocolate nests with rice crispies for their Easter eggs to go in
  • Continue with water play

If the weather improves then they  will go into the garden and continue what they started yesterday which was to put the garden back together now the builder has finished digging it up and putting in the new pipe work for the toilets.

Today's Snacks

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal toast

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Cheesy biscuits

Apple and banana

Milk and water

Easter Cards

Having spent nearly a week at group times talking about Easter and what it means to the children - we produced a visual aid, seen previously to support their choice of Easter Card design.  Many of the children chose to make the bunny rabbits and whilst they had help to cut out the pink ears the black whiskers were there own!  One child wanted to do a Easter egg and decorate it themselves.

We think they look wonderful!

Today's Activities

Monday 26th March 2018

As the children have enjoyed the sand play, tipping and pouring, so much we have decided to look at water play this week.  The benefits of water play:

1. Develop Motor skills

Water Play gives many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across age ranges.  Children will increase their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.  It’s an amazing sensory experience introducing them to textures (slippy, slimy…) and temperatures. It will also help master the pincer grip which will enable them to hold a pencil correctly at school. 

2. Problem solving skills

Water play allows children to explore a substance and make discoveries about it.  Observing a branch or paper float or sink will teach them, in a very practical way, how and why things happen. But above all it encourages them to use their imagination, develops creative thinking which plays an important role in problem solving.

3. Language development

Imagine the discussions you can have asking what they are doing.

Imagine then, the number of new words they will learn while having fun with water and having conversations about it! Basin, Damp, Depth, Drain, Flow, Drenched, Drizzle, Sieve.  At strategic moments during play with water, educators will ask intentional questions to extend children’s thinking, expand their memory and use evidence to support their ideas.

4. Social-emotional growth

Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for children.  It increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.  It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing.

5. Science and Mathematics learning

Water Play builds the foundation for understanding various scientific concepts. Did you know we use water play to teach basic mathematics? It will introduce children to terms such as Full, Empty, Half, Less. We will measure, compare volumes and observe motion.  We will count the rocks in the basin and notice the flow change as we move them.  

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Today's Snacks

Monday 26th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal toast

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Cheesy biscuits

Apple and banana

Milk and water

Easter Visual Aid

To broaden their thinking process and to help the children to make links about their concept of what Easter is we made this mind map that contains only pictures. The learning outcome was that the children will then have a visual aid to refer to when they start making their Easter cards.

Visual aids can support many areas of a child’s language and communication development. Listening and attention can be enhanced through these aids, enabling a child to keep their concentration and focus on something visual whilst listening to instructions. Understanding skills are also enhanced, allowing children the time they need to process what they are being asked to do. It is important that visual aids are not used to replace language, but used alongside it to aid communication.

Today's Activities

Friday 23rd March 2018

To continue with the Hot and Cold theme and because the children have asked if they could make some more jelly the practitioners are going to extend their learning talking about adding hot water and what it does to the jelly and then discussing what happens to the texture when the jelly becomes cold.

Today's Activities

Friday 23rd March 2018

We are going to support the children with junk modelling today.  A seemingly simple activity with a load of old junk has a wealth of benefits for growing minds and the imagination. It's a very tactile activity that depends on touch and texture.  By selecting individual items from a large collection and using those items to create a personal object, a child is enjoying free expression, using lateral thought and specialised design skills. The ability to model random shapes and materials into meaningful 3D objects gives children an immense amount of self-confidence and a real sense of achievement.

They will need to visualise the end result and make the transition from rubbish to model using a whole range of fine and large motor skills.

There may be problems to be solved along the way, a degree of patience will be needed and if the activity is a group activity, the young modellers need to learn to share, negotiate ownership of the raw materials and socialise with their co-workers.

Junk modelling is also a very early lesson in recycling. It introduces the idea that even things that we have finished using can be turned into something else which is useful and valuable.

Today's Snacks

Friday 23rd March 2018

Morning

Crumpets

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Tomato Soup and bread to dunk

Apple and banana

Milk and water

Today's Activities

Thursday 22nd March 2018

When asked the children have suggested that would like to put Easter eggs onto their Easter cards.  We feel that this is because they have just finished making the chocolate eggs and that is now what they associate with Easter.  To broaden their thinking process and to help the children to make links about their concept of what Easter is we are going to do a mind map that contains only pictures.  The learning outcome will be that the children will then have a visual aid to refer to when they start their cards. 

 Visual aids can support many areas of a child’s language and communication development. Listening and attention can be enhanced through these aids, enabling a child to keep their concentration and focus on something visual whilst listening to instructions. Understanding skills are also enhanced, allowing children the time they need to process what they are being asked to do. It is important that visual aids are not used to replace language, but used alongside it to aid communication.

Today's Snack

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Tomato Soup and bread to dunk

Cucumber and banana

Milk and water

Today's Activities

Wednesday 21st March 2018


Learning outcomes intended from the Hot and Cold activity.


The children have almost finished making the chocolate eggs in the Panda Room so today we are asking them what they would like to do with them next.  Eat them I'm sure!

Chocolate Eggs


To continue looking at Easter we are looking at making cards - so lets see what designs they decide.  The learning outcomes will follow.

Easter Crafts


The sun is shining at last!! Everyone want to go out and enjoy spring.  Hythe is going for a walk this morning and in Palmarsh the children are going out onto the bikes.

Enjoying the Sun!


Five Benefits of Outdoor Play

'In every walk with nature one receives far more that he seeks' John Muir

Encourages an Active Lifestyle

Children who learn to play outdoors are much more likely to continue to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, running and cycling as they get older. Given the number of gadgets and new technology available to us all, outdoor play is an extremely important factor in combating an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.


Appreciation of Nature and the Environment

Learning in an outdoor environment allows children to interact with the elements around us and helps them to gain an understanding of the world we live in. They can experience animals in their own surroundings and learn about their habitats and life cycles.


Develops Social Skills

Indoor spaces can often feel overcrowded to children and naturally, they may feel intimated in this type of environment. More space outdoors can help children to join in and ‘come out of their shells’. Giving children outdoor learning experiences offers them a chance to talk about what they have done with their friends, teachers and parents.


Encourages Independence

The extra space offered by being outdoors will give children the sense of freedom to make discoveries by themselves. They can develop their own ideas or create games and activities to take part in with their friends without feeling like they’re being directly supervised. They’ll begin to understand what they can do by themselves and develop a ‘can do‘ attitude, which will act as a solid foundation for future learning.


Understanding Risk

Being outdoors provides children with more opportunities to experience risk-taking. They have the chance to take part in tasks on a much bigger scale and complete them in ways they might not when they’re indoors. They can learn to make calculated decisions such as ‘should I jump off this log?’ or ‘can I climb this tree?’


Today's Snacks

Wednesday  20th March  2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Cucumber and banana

Milk and water

Today's Activity

Tuesday 20th March 2018

  • To continue with the Hot and Cold theme we are going to fill up some hot water bottles and give them to the children to explore.  One will have ice in it and the other hot water (not too hot!).  Then we will observe and support their learning.
  • We are continuing with making the Easter egg that we started yesterday! Chocolate is always a favourite activity.

Today's Snacks

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Hot chocolate and Ice-cream to open the discussion on hot and cold.

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Cucumber and banana

Milk and water

Evaluation of Today

What a fun day looking at Hot and Cold!  We've discussed ice and snow and how it makes us feel.  Some great descriptive words coming from the children.  Lots of suggestion on how we can make it melt but lots of fun was had using the hairdryer to melt the ice.  The children we able to form the connection between hot, cold, warm, ice and water.

To extend these concepts further we had hot and cold snacks.  Hot chocolate and ice-cream.  As you can imagine they enjoyed this very much!  We observed these statement - Yummy! Its cold in my mouth, ice-cream, vanilla, hot chocolate, and its like cold and hot.

Tomorrow we will continue to look at hot and cold in the environment and we are attempting to freeze some water in the garden for the children to explore and experiment on.

Today's Activity

Monday 19th March 2018

Chocolate!!!!!

Any more need to be said? We are going to start looking at making our own Easter eggs and have purchased some egg shaped moulds.  

Apart from being an activity that the children will no doubt be interested in, this supports Mathematical Development of the Early Years Foundation Stage by introducing mathematical language such as positional language, shaped in the environment and looking at time.

Today's Activity

Monday 19th March 2018

Hot and cold - two words (and sometimes the third word “warm”) that we've all be using a great deal lately with the changing weather.   Since everything we touch has a basic temperature this week we are going to explore Hot and Cold.  

There are so many ways to explore hot and cold and we are going to experiment with:

A hair dryer

Ice cube trays 

Microwave

The great outdoors!

Heating packs

Ice packs and cooling pads

Salt (to melt ice)

Today's Snacks

Monday 19th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Hot chocolate and Ice-cream to open the discussion on hot and cold. 

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Cucumber and banana

Milk and water

Flour Play Evaluation

(Friday 16th March 2018)

The children started by mark making into the dry flour.  Mark making is an important pre-writing skill for children and we encouraged them to make circles, square and triangles - introducing Mathematical terminology.

We discussed the textures and they described it as fluffy, snow and soft - to increase their vocabulary we introduced the word 'powdery' as a descriptive word.

To extend the play further we asked the children what we could add to the four to change the texture and it was decided that water would. 

So we provided a jug of water and watched as the children discussed amongst themselves how much to add.  Fantastic team work Little Cubs!  Once they started to mix in the water we heard lots Arrrghs and Ooooohs and yuks!  We asked again how it felt and said 'sticky' and 'cold'.  We told the children that flour and water makes glue so they tried to stick their hands together!

A great activity of messy play  that was unstructured, exploratory play. It allowed the children to make their own discoveries using their senses, curiosity and knowledge because messy and sensory play is all about exploring, there's not right or wrong.

Today's Activities

Hythe

Friday 16th March 2018

  • We plan to do an adult led activity where the children will plant some more bulbs and seeds.  Children learn best when engaging all their senses. With gardening, children can touch and feel the dirt, seeds and flowers, see the vibrant colours and varied sizes of the plants, hear the sound of the vegetable when it is taken from the plant and smell the amazing scents of the flowers. Allowing all the senses to be involved helps children understand and grasp the concept of gardening along with all the math and scientific concepts that go along with it.
  • So to follow on from the gardening we are planning to go for a walk in the afternoon to extend this activity and look at the plants and trees in the environment.
  • The children are also keen to develop the mud garden and we shall scaffold their learning and support their play by providing the resources to extend the activity.

Today's Snacks

Hythe

Friday 16th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Banana and cucumber

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Cucumber and apple

Milk and water


Today's Activities

Friday 16th March 2018

 Yesterday we were going to change the sand for flour.  However nearly all of the children requested at Plan, Do and Review time to play with the sandpit so we listened to them and left the sandpit.  To extend play we added cars to the sandpit which they used to make tracks and the children added cups from the home corner to fill and empty containers.  

As children pour they have to think about how fast to pour, how long to pour, how far to turn the spout, when it is time to stop pouring which helps with mathematical and scientific thinking too.  They also become aware that they can make decisions such as whether to stop pouring or to just keep on pouring and that their decisions will result in natural consequences.  Children begin to gain a better understanding of the amount of space they have to work with and how much sand is needed to fill up a cup or container and how much is too much.


Today's Snacks

Friday 16th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and cucumber

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Jelly that the children made yesterday

Cucumber and apple

Milk and water

Today's Activities

Thursday 15th March 2018

Yesterday the children spent time with sand in the sand pit.  To extend this further we thought that we would change the sand for flour today and see how the change of texture affects their play and scaffold their learning through Sustained Shared Thinking. Sustained shared thinking is best described as those times when you are totally absorbed with a child, in conversation or in an activity with a genuine interest on both parts to find out more.   These occasions present important opportunities for the practitioner to see a child’s world through their eyes. They will reveal much about the child including their level of cognitive development, schemas and self esteem. The child may also be learning things such as social interaction, a technique, howto think creatively, cause and effect and factual information. 

Included in this are the benefits of messy play.  Children learn and develop through play, but especially through unstructured, exploratory play. This allows young children to make their own discoveries using their senses, curiosity and knowledge. Because messy and sensory play is all about exploring, there's not right or wrong.


Yesterday's chicks we a just wonderful!!!!!  The use of snipping with scissors to exercise the muscles in their hands ready to write and dabbing with the glue stick, were all very beneficial.  Talk about the shapes needed to make the chicks linked to mathematical development of the Early Years Foundation Stage and lots of wonderful communication skills were used to describe the textures.


Today's Snack

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Morning

Wholemeal bread

Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade

Banana and apple

Milk and water

Afternoon

Savoury Crackers

Soft Cheese

Cucumber and apple

Milk and water

Today's Activities

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Today the children are going to continue looking at planting not only in the garden but in the pots that the children have been making.  Kids learn best when engaging all their senses. With gardening, kids can touch and feel the dirt, seeds and flowers, see the vibrant colours and varied sizes of the plants, hear the sound of the vegetable when it is taken from the plant and smell the amazing scents of the flowers. Allowing all the senses to be involved helps kids understand and grasp the concept of gardening along with all the math and scientific concepts that go along with it.


We are starting to look at Easter and have discussed with the children the animals that they might see -and one child was very exited about chicks.  So today we are going to expand this interest further.


Today's Snack

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Morning

  • Wholemeal bread
  • Selection of spread - marmite, honey, jam, lemon curd and marmalade
  • Apple and pear
  • Milk and water

Afternoon

  • Bread sticks
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Orange and banana
  • Milk and water