The children have been enjoying lots of different sensory experiences this week. They have explored jelly, shaving foam and made chocolate play dough. They have enjoyed an ‘ice cream tea party’ in the sandpit, had a go at blowing a trumpet and been getting to know our new guinea pig, Poppy. I think the highlight of the week was stumbling across a group of boys who had used logs to make a birthday cake for their friend. They then spontaneously broke into song, singing Happy Birthday, leaving the birthday boy with a great big smile on his face. We hope all the children attending holiday provision at St Margaret’s nursery have lots of fun and that everyone has a wonderful half term.
This week, there has been lots of climbing in the garden. The children have climbed trees, enjoyed launching themselves onto the crash mat and when we pulled another climbing frame out of the shed, we were amazed when we found the biggest spider we had ever seen! The children were quick to build him a house to live in. They have loved immersing themselves elbow deep in paint and making marks with their fingers. We have planted daffodil bulbs and what started with sticks being snapped over a knee and some wonderful imaginative campfire role play, ended up with a real fire and hot chocolate. Simply perfect!
We’ve been exploring lots of different textures this week. Rice has been scooped, poured and blown using straws. We have been filling containers with dry pasta and enjoying the satisfying sensation of crushing it with our feet. We have explored cooked pasta and seeing what happens to the dry pasta when it’s left in cold water, promoting lots of wonderful descriptive language. We have introduced clay, with some children happy to just explore the texture, with others creating everything from monsters to forests. There has also been lots of interest in snails, getting up close which has sparked off lots of questions. They even had a snail race. If you enjoy looking at what we’ve been up to, please leave a comment below, it would be lovely to hear your thoughts.