Seedlings explore the outdoor!

Blooms have started off the New Year in the Nature Garden.

The children did very well at putting on their own water proof trousers and jackets and their wellies, some children that hadn’t done this before found it a little tricky so the other children helped them showing them what to do and helped them put their jackets on.

We started off by sitting on the logs in our log circle, one of the children stood up and told everyone the rules of the Nature garden.

The children then went off to explore, with some going into the mud kitchen using a range of tools to dig mud, pour water and mix together, one child said “I will put it in the microwave for 5 minutes” while turning the dial.

“I’ve made pizza come have some, careful it’s hot”.

The children involved each other in their play which was lovely to see and hear, lots of laughter was had.

We went on a bug hunt and found a worm. The children were gentle with the worm and said “ We will look after him, his name is now Bob”.

When examining some old plants from the nature garden we carefully looked at all the roots and talking about how roots grow, one child described the roots looking like lots of worms.

The children used their arms to measure sticks using lots of mathematical language “ Big, little, huge, long, longer, short, shorter.

Some children even made shapes out of the sticks on the floor and were very proud of their achievements.

At the end of our session we all came back to our log circle and talked about what we liked doing, we then listened to the sounds in the outdoor environment and talked about what we could hear “ I can hear the trees moving”

” I can hear the wind”  “ I can hear the birds in the bird box”  “I hear and see a plane”.

Christmas time in Little Pips!

At Seedlings, we have transformed our sensory area to a Christmas theme in our Little Pips room, encouraging the children to share and enhance their experience of Christmas.

Children are able to engage in open-ended activities, playing and exploring using their senses,  building on previous experiences and gaining new ones. They are developing their creativity and ability to think critically; filling and emptying containers and categorising objects through their characteristics.

The rising twos have shown a particular interest in putting  the baubles on the tree (and taking them off again!), stacking various sized tins on top of each other to make a Santa and snowman and dressing up in Santa hats and a snow man outfit; whilst the younger babies have shown curiosity of the lights and the texture of the baubles.

Christmas parent join in at Seedlings new pre-school room

Last Wednesday, the Blooms children enjoyed showing off their new pre-school room at Seedlings Nursery in Wellesbourne. Both children and parents had a lovely time at our parent join in afternoon, which gave both parents and children the opportunity to explore the new room in action.

There were various activities for the children and parents to do together, including making your own Christmas card, decorating your own Christmas tree and painting your own star shaped Christmas decoration.

The children also enjoyed exploring shaving foam ‘snow’ and using their creative skills on the new painting easel.

The children sang Christmas carols to the adults by the Christmas tree and enjoyed a party tea while the parents enjoyed mince pies and gingerbread biscuits.

 

 

Polkadot Nurseries – Seedlings and Bunting Closed Tomorrow

Please be aware that due to localised flooding our Seedlings Nursery and Bunting Pre-School will be closed tomorrow (Friday 15th November). All our other Nurseries and Pre-Schools are planning to open as usual.

Our Denim Clubs will continue as long as the school they are running from remains open. Please check for school closure updates using the following link –

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education-learning/emergency-school-closures-1

We will continue to update you if there are any further changes.

Seedlings Nursery – What have we been up to this week?

This week in Blooms the children have been learning about clouds. We read a lovely book called ‘Shapes In The Sky’ – a book about clouds. We then decided to go outside and lie down on the floor and look up to the sky and see what shapes we could see in the clouds. One child said they could see a crocodile, another child said an enormous hippo. The clouds were moving fast and when the crocodile shape cloud disappeared the children said “The crocodile has gone because it was scared of the hippo”! One of the children asked if they could do this everyday!
We have also been looking at Diwali and reading a book about it. We explored some clay and one of the children made fireworks with the clay as we had read about it in the book. They flattened their clay with the palm of their hand then used the other end of a paint brush to make marks which they talked about in detail as “big fireworks”. Another child made a clay pot and said “ When it’s dry I will paint it and put a light in it”. Some of the other children made hedgehogs.
We also enjoyed using our creative skills and made some pictures using glue by drizzling it across the paper then sprinkling coloured powder paint onto it. Some of us used handfuls and were very careful throwing it onto our pictures. We had lots of fun as we talked all about the colours and the new colours we had made.

Seedlings Blooms get creative!

This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.

Seedlings Nursery – Our first session back in the Nature Garden

We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.

Seedlings New Building!

It’s been a very exciting weekend at Seedlings as we have had the new Preschool classroom delivered!

The children at Seedlings have been very excited talking about their new room.
One child said “ I can see the big green house”.
See the photos below which include a sneaky peak at the inside (as it currently looks!).

We’ve had the electrician there already and have the plumber visiting soon!

 

Making Smoothies!

At Seedlings, in buds and blooms, the children have been showing a real interest in the apples growing on the trees in our gardens. Following this, we decided to make fruit smoothies. We discussed the different fruits we eat and grow and the children chose which fruit they would like in their homemade smoothie.

This activity encouraged children to taste the variety of fruits on offer with some saying they now like specific fruits that they did not like before! Whilst making the smoothies, the children talked about the bright colours, the quantity in front of them and where the fruit comes from. Following on from the smoothie making, there was a lot of mixture left. We asked the children what we should do with it and they decided we should make ice lollies out of it, recalling their memories from the previous week where we had made homemade ice lollies.