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.
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.
The children have been exploring paint this week - painting boxes, pictures, their arms, hands and even painted with mud. There has been lots of filling and pouring, using water and salt. We have looked after babies, been on secret missions and been working together in the mud kitchen. The children showed great resilience when their concoctions repeatedly fell off the stove ‘oh my, we’ll have to pick it up again.’ We had our first fire of the term, learning about how to keep ourselves safe around the fire and ended the week, as you do, with a banana party!
We have been welcoming more new children into nursery this week and they are all settling in well. It is wonderful to see children beginning to build a special relationship with their key person, forming new friendships and working together. A favourite moment this week was hearing two children shouting ‘You can do it, you can do it!’ to their friend as they watched him carefully carry his ‘cake’ to the ‘oven’ willing him not to drop the conkers that were precariously balanced on top. (He did make it!) The children have poured tea, made dough, been practising their scissor skills and even found time to do the washing up. Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to meeting more new friends next week.
Hello! We hope you all had a wonderful summer. We are excited to welcome back our returning children as well as welcoming all our new children and their families who will be joining us soon. The children are settling back into nursery life and have been busy exploring the environment. They have counted conkers, blown bubbles and built with blocks. Some children enjoyed a trip out on the minibus to the local woodland to look for signs of autumn whilst collecting sticks and leaves. We hope you are all looking forward to the year ahead and we can’t wait to share all the exciting things we get up to through this blog. If you have any questions please feel free to come in and talk to any member of the team, who will be more than happy to help.
What a year! It has been a joy and privilege to be part of your children’s lives. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support, kind words and generous gifts. You can see from the photographs below what a wonderful time was had by all at our picnics. We look forward to some of you returning in September and would like to wish the best of luck to all of you moving on to Reception and hope you enjoy all the wonderful adventures that lie ahead. Have a fantastic summer, with love from all of us at Hampden Way xxx