There has been lots of collaboration going on this week with children working together to build roads and railways. The children have enjoyed lots of water play, adding teabags and making ‘solutions.’ They added powder paint to the rain in the garden, painted tyres and along ropes. We have seen lots of imaginative small world play, with cows being flown to the moon and the children have created different enclosures for their animals. Rainbow room are loving their new water tray and have been very busy bathing their babies. On Tuesday, we took over the Instagram account of Alistair Bryce Clegg, an early years consultant who was recently on the Channel 4 programme ‘Old people’s home for 4 year olds.’ We had some lovely comments, we particularly love the one that says ‘I want to visit this nursery, it looks epic!’ Well, we certainly think it is, so, if you would like to take a look and have Instagram, just search for abcdoes. Have a great weekend!
Wow, what a space-tastic week we’ve had! The children ended last week building rockets and this interest has developed over the week. There has been lots of role play and retelling of favourite stories such as ‘Whatever Next,’ space writing on foil, mark making in moon dust and using recycled materials to create rockets, controllers and jet packs. This led on to learning about planets and reading ‘Aliens love underpants,’ with the children drawing and creating their own planets and aliens. There have also been lots of sensory experiences ranging from spaghetti to soapy sand and large scale colour mixing with brooms in the garden. The children helped to clear out a shed in the garden, which they then helped to paint, using ladders to reach the high bits, creating a cosy space for them to sit and chat. We have also enjoyed sitting around the fire, cooking bananas and popcorn. What a busy week! Please feel free to comment below as we would love to hear your thoughts on what we’ve been up to.
We have been getting very messy this week, exploring paint mixed with shaving foam to create a large collaborative artwork. There has been large block towers constructed indoors and out and a lovely block enclosure was made, for Poppy the guinea pig to explore. Following on from children asking to go to the shops to buy carrots for Poppy, we set up our own shop at nursery. There has been lots of role play with the children making their own money, writing shopping lists and taking it in turns to be the shopkeeper. By Friday afternoon, the boxes were beginning to be turned into rockets. This ended up with a trip to the shop to buy foil, with one little boy telling the cashier that he was there to ‘buy the moon.’ So, watch this space to see where this interest takes us. We would also like to thank you for all your generous donations to Children in Need, we certainly enjoyed a cosy day in our pyjamas!
We have packed so much into this week. We have had a fire, marshmallows and flicked paint to create firework paintings. The children have learnt about Diwali, lighting candles and creating Rangoli patterns with rice. The children have been enjoying lots of physical play in the garden - climbing, hanging and swinging from trees and ropes and also rocking and rolling in the large cones. There has been lots of interest in ropes - tying knots and making pulleys. We have been painting and printing with leaves and also using hole punches to make patterns in them. We hope you have all enjoyed looking at our beautiful display of 100 poppies for Remembrance Day. To commemorate this historic event, we took a group of children to visit the residents of a local day care centre for the elderly. The children sang songs, presented them with poppy paintings and cakes that we had baked at nursery. A wonderful time was had by all. Lest we forget.
Pumpkins have been the focus of lots of play this week. We have painted them, scooped them out, made pumpkin soup and used real tools to hammer nails into them. Lots of children are enjoying the sensory experience of painting with their hands. They have been dipping their hands in paint, using paintbrushes to paint their hands, using their hands to spread it and their fingers to make marks in it and just look at the joy on one little boy’s face when he squeezes his paint covered hands hands together with his friend - simply wonderful to see! The children have been transporting large sticks around the garden, trying to knock the berries out of the tree and practising their knot tying skills alongside spending time with Poppy the guinea pig. Please feel free to leave a comment, we always appreciate hearing your thoughts.