The cold weather has not stopped the children being busy outside. They are still very interested in water and colour mixing, so they have been using spray bottles and powder paints to create some wonderful art in the garden. The children have also enjoyed exploring the snow and ice in the garden and adding colour to it. Inside, it has been wonderful to see the children using their newly acquired woodwork skills. They are now independently using palm drills, screwdrivers and hammers to join pieces of wood together, adding wooden discs, beads and bottle tops. They have taken their creations to the painting table for further decoration. We have seen a fleet of fire engines and one little boy was very proud of his creation, explaining ‘it’s a stage, the nails are the people’ - such creative thinking!
We would like to welcome all our new children and their families who have joined us this week. The children are settling in well and have been exploring their new environment. It has been very busy in the garden this week despite the cold weather, with water being an area of interest for many children. They have been using paint to mix different colours, pouring, transferring and transporting water around the garden. They have been very interested in the flow of water, tipping it down slopes and steps to see what happens. They have used guttering and made their own slopes using tyres and a large half pipe, even using the large cone as a giant mixing bowl. We lit a fire to keep ourselves warm and dens to shelter us from the rain. The children have been thrill seeking as they rock themselves faster and higher in the hammock and used the body boards in different ways - travelling on their backs, fronts and using ropes to try and make themselves go faster. We are looking forward to more new friends joining us next week.
Welcome back! It has been lovely to hear all about what the children have been up to over the holidays. They have enjoyed being outdoors, using the ropes, ladders and swinging in the hammock. There has been lots of construction using blocks and Mobilo, with one little boy making an impressive transformer - a dinosaur that turns into a vacuum cleaner and when you turn it upside down, it’s a sledge! A puppet show was built and hands have been painted. The children have been problem solving and working together to create watches and masks, which have been used as props in lots imaginative role play. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of new friends to Hampden Way next week and we would like to wish you all a very happy new year.