November at Polkadot Pershore!

November has been another busy month for children at Pershore nursery.

We have all been creating individual art master pieces , celebrating Bonfire and Remembrance day, alongside beautiful stories explaining and recognising various emotions. Some of us even had a go at re-enacting some of them.

In small groups we took part in using and naming different shapes, supported by creating our own shapes using playdough; mixing different coloured jelly and identifying the colours in the surrounding environment has been another favourite activity, along side creating beautiful rangoli patterns by sticking coloured rice for Diwali celebrations.

November activities at Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham have had a very busy November so far. Science week was a great success, the children learnt all about space- sharing space themed stories from home and creating their own spaceship, extending imaginative skills and ideas. Children investigated properties of resources such as torches and magnets. The children also explored cause and effect using ice and magic snow! Diwali was celebrated through the creation of Diwali Diva lights using clay and mixed resources, ready for the children to take home and share with their families.

What a busy time of year at Polkadot Alcester!

The children at Polkadot in Alcester have had a busy few weeks exploring all of the different celebrations and festivals that October and November bring! This week we are sharing our Remembrance Sunday, Children in Need and Diwali activities that children from Babies all the way up to Pre-school have enjoyed. There has been lots of mark making with pens, paint and chalks; decorating poppies, Pudsey bears and diwa lamps. The babies made edible poppies – covering apple slices in pink chocolate. TopDots experimented with paint dabbers, mixing the colours and making the paint splatter across the page! Pre-school used party rings to make Pudsey bear ears on their biscuits. They looked at beautiful rangoli patterns and recreated them by making marks in sand and flour and chalking colourful designs on the entrance slope to nursery. We also hung lights in our windows and explored the light box, talking about Diwali being known as the festival of light.

Bonfire Night at Polkadot Alcester

Whilst we may not have been able to wrap up in our cosy winter woollies and go out to enjoy crackling bonfires and exciting firework displays this year, the children have explored the magic of Bonfire night through fabulous firework paintings, chocolate apple decorating and (imaginary) marshmallow toasting whilst sitting around the (pretend) campfire! last week, the pre-school exercised their singing voices with songs around the fire and made their unique hedgehogs after talking about how these little animals love to get cosy in piles of wood and leaves at this time of year. They used potatoes and wooden craft sticks to create the spikes and some children decided to use paint to add features to their hedgehog. This helped them practise their fine motor skills and use of one handed tools as well as inspiring their creativity!

What have we been up to at Polkadot Heathcote?

We have had the best time doing Halloween activities at Polkadot Heathcote. We started doing some pumpkin play before half term to give all children a chance to join in with the fun. The pumpkin play allowed us to discuss textures of the outside of the pumpkin, the children used words like ‘smooth’, ‘soft’ and ‘prickly’ for the stalk. When it came to the inside of the pumpkin, they described it as ‘slimy’ and said ‘it’s like spider webs inside’. The children seemed to really enjoy the activity and some spent a really long time exploring the textures of the pumpkin, everyone’s concentration was amazing!

During Halloween week, we used some coloured oats to allow the children to make potions, including some toy witch fingers and spiders. The children showed some wonderful sharing and turn taking. Later, we made some colour changing potions together using a recipe. This encouraged the use of maths and fine motor skills. The children were so engaged and when the potion changed colour they showed so much excitement. We also made some paper-mache ghosts ready for our Halloween dress up days. The concentration and control during the activity was so wonderful to see.

We also had so much fun dressing up on Thursday and Friday that we gave the children the option to have some photos taken with our Halloween props.

What have we been up to at Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon?

Gingham Pre-School have been enjoying the Autumn fall. The children have collected leaves to use creatively to make sensory collages, they have also shown interest in investigating the leaves and their properties such as texture and colour.

To celebrate Halloween, the children had the chance to dress up, carve pumpkins and be creative making and decorating witches hats, decorating cakes and making spider hand print hangers.

During this week, the children will have the opportunity to learn all about Bonfire Night, yesterday some children shared their weekend experiences of seeing fireworks, leading on to creating pictures to represent the fireworks and their colours, along with an adult, the children chose the colours and materials to use to make their pictures. Children have been using their language skills to discuss descriptively, using words to describe noises and patterns of the fireworks they saw.

What have we been up to at Polkadot Alcester?

The children at Alcester have had a busy few weeks in the run up to half term, exploring the change in seasons and sharing their current interests with their friends – dinosaurs have been very popular in TopDots! The BabyDots have been using their senses to explore paint, sensory bags, crispy autumn leaves and slimy pumpkins! Pre-school have been surprised to find a small fairy door by the toadstool in the garden which inspired lots of imaginative play and ponderings about where it came from and who lives behind it! They have also been using their maths skills to sort and compare the nature objects. Over half term the children have taken part in a variety of activities in the run up to Halloween, including making spooky spiders, cheeky pumpkins and ghoulish ghosts! We are looking forward to welcoming all of the children back next week for lots more fun exploring Bonfire night, followed by celebrating Children in Need (w/c 9th Nov) by getting dressed up in our spottiest clothes!