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.
We ended this term with Christmas parties and sing-a-longs. We had party games including pass the parcel and musical statues. We enjoyed party food, balloons, dancing and a visit from Father Christmas. The children have sung their hearts out all week and it was wonderful to see so many parents, carers and families come to watch the sing-a-longs. We were very proud of each and every one of the children. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cards, kind words and generous gifts, we are extremely grateful to you all. Merry Christmas, with love from all the staff at Hampden Way! xxx
We have had a lovely week, wrapping presents and making Christmas decorations. There was a team effort creating our beautiful Christmas tree out of boxes. We painted, added glitter, ribbons and even made holes in it to add branches so we could hang lights and baubles. There is now a cosy fireplace in our home corner, which has sparked lots of role play and sleigh building. The children were so engaged as they mixed ingredients together to make slime, we heard so much wonderful descriptive language. Snowmen have been made from sparkly play dough and we saw lots of mark making in the frost outside. Next week we are looking forward to our Christmas party on Thursday and our Christmas sing-along on Friday - 10.45am and 2.45pm. See you there!
And so the Christmas countdown begins! The glitter and sparkles are out and the children have wrapped presents, created decorations and painted boxes for our snow cave. There has been lots of mark making - writing labels, lists and letters to Santa. We have thought about the wildlife as the weather gets colder, with the children making bird feeders to hang around the garden. There was also lots of interest in our new small tyres - rolling them down ramps, adjusting the height to make them roll faster with the children using their legs to create tunnels.
Rainbow room have been busy creating salt dough Christmas decorations and making pizza. We would like to say a big thank you to Philip, one of our lovely parents who came in to talk the children about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
We ended Friday afternoon toasting marshmallows on the fire, followed by a wonderful sing a long. A big thank you to Melis, another one of our lovely parents who came in and played the ukulele while all the children sang along. It was so much fun!
The children were very excited to decorate our Christmas tree and we would like to thank all of you for your kind donations of decorations and items for our Christmas fair, which will be taking place at St Margaret’s nursery next Friday, 14th December, 3-5pm. Hope to see you there!
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.