Growing our own veg at Seedlings!

Over the last few months, the children in the Buds Room (2 – 3 year olds) at Seedlings have been busy planting a variety of vegetable seeds.  We have planted carrots, lettuce, beetroot, sugar snap peas and tomatoes.

The children loved to look and observe the changes and enjoyed watering them with the hose and watering cans, as and when the vegetables needed it.  Now they have grown, we have been able to taste our vegetables which are delicious!  We have enjoyed them as snacks throughout the day and even been able to send some home for the families to try!

Seedlings Nursery – Exploring the Outdoors!

Children in Blooms at Seedlings, have been learning lots in our Nature garden.

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring and experimenting and finding out lots of new things!

We have also been learning to look after wildlife.

We start off our Nature Garden session by sitting around the log circle talking about the rules of the Nature Garden and discussing what we will be doing in our session.

At the end of our session we all come back around the log circle to talk about what we have enjoyed doing, we also sit quietly for a few minutes listening to the sounds we can hear in our outdoor environment, we then talk about what we have heard.

Here are a few of the things we have been doing:

Exploring and using our imagination in the mud kitchen, making mud pie, chocolate and mud pancakes and worm and leaf soup.

Mud painting – we have been experimenting making our own mud paint, mixing water and soil together and adding food colouring to make more colours.

We have used large gross motor movement while painting the trees, the children have given meaning to the marks they have made,

“A dress for the tree”

“A house”

“Mummy”.

The children used different tools to paint with, large paint brushes, small brushes and sticks.

We have been on bug hunts using magnifying glasses, looking under logs, on trees and in bushes.

We have found ladybirds, slugs, spiders, snail, and lots of small white eggs.

The children are very careful when lifting up the logs and put them back down gently so we don’t hurt the bugs we have found.

We have made some little bug houses to keep them safe too!

We love watching the birds especially the robin that always comes to say hello.

We look after the birds by filling the bird feeders up with seeds so they don’t go hungry.

We have been using lots of mathematical language while measuring sticks against our arms and measuring ourselves against the trees.
We have used words such as longer, shorter, smaller and bigger.

This week we are making our own 3D maps, we have found natural resources around the Nature Garden to use and worked together as a team to create our map.

We used stones as a bridge and pine cones as a swamp, sticks as the forest and some bark as the mountains, we used some daffodils leaves as x marks the spot for our treasure!!

We then acted out our adventure.

Some of you might of heard your children talking about Kit squirrel.

Kit squirrel isn’t a real squirrel but is a feature in our garden given to us from a child that loved the Nature Garden, when he left for school.

We named the squirrel Kit to remember him.

The children love making Kit nests to sleep in and stroke him and often sit and talk to him.

They enjoy sitting around the tree where Kit the squirrel sits making him lunch and playing with him.

Bird Watching at Seedlings Nursery

At Seedlings we are very lucky to be surrounded by lots of open space where we can explore the natural environment and wildlife. Over the past few weeks, the children in the Buds Room (Our 2 year olds) have taken great interest in the birds that visit our garden. The Buds have a lovely room with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto their large garden. We have been making a variety of food to hang outside for the birds to eat. Using their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination the Buds threaded Cheerios onto tinsel stems (pipe cleaners) to make food hangers. We hung sliced apples in the trees and made food balls using bread, water and bird seed. The children used their hands to mould and shape the ingredients into small balls.

The Buds children get very excited putting the food out and will watch from the window for the birds to come eat the food, often shouting; “The birds are eating the food!” The children are now able to identify some of the birds. “Look a Robin” – Rosie.

“it’s a Magpie Katie” – Theo.

“I can see a Blackbird” – Suki.

We have seen Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Blackbirds, Magpies, Wood pigeons, Great Tits and our favourite being the Robin. We also have a cheeky squirrel that comes to eat the food too!

The Robins are very friendly and come close to us when we play outside. They even came and ate food from a bowl Katie was holding!

 

We talk daily about the birds we see and have access to bird and Nature books which the children love looking at.

 

Links to the EYFS;

 

  • Seeks out others to share experiences out with
  • Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks
  • Uses simple sentences
  • Learns new words rapidly and is able to use them in communicating
  • Shows care and concern for living things and the environment
  • Talks about some of the things they have observed
  • Beginning to be interested and describe the texture of thing

What have we been up to at Seedlings Nursery….?

Last week Blooms were very excited to be able to visit the diggers next to the Nursery. The construction workers kindly met us to show us their diggers and did a digger dance for us! The children loved it!

We walked across the field to the bottom and stood safely behind the wooden fence and large metal fences. The construction workers flashed the lights, beeped the horn and did the digger dance, spinning their diggers around, moving from side to side and going up and down. The children were all so happy waving and shouting hello and watching them. We made them a card to say thank you. When we got back to Pre- School the children said “ This is the best day ever! I loved the digger dance”.

We have also enjoyed the cold weather and have had lots of fun in the snow playing in the garden making snow angels and throwing snowballs at each other. We brought some trays of snow inside to explore. On one tray we just had snow and with their hands the children made little snow people and one child made an igloo and got some of the little people and added it to their play using their imagination. On another tray we added powder paint to the snow – yellow and red. The children experimented with the snow using paintbrushes to mix the colours together and were pleased to make new colours – orange and pink.The children used lots of describing words during their play such as Crunchy, crunching, frozen, frosty, cold and wet.

We made some ice decorations by collecting sticks, leaves and other natural materials and placing them into containers. We then added water and string. We had checked the weather forecast to make sure we were going to have minus degrees over the weekend so our decorations would freeze. When we came into Pre-school on the Monday we were excited to check on our ice decorations. We brought them into the room and the children were really excited and happy because the water was no longer water is was now ice. It had frozen solid. We carefully took the ice out of the containers and took them into the nature garden. We looked at our ice decorations as they were glistening in the sun. One of the children said “They were beautiful and wanted to make them at home”

Another child said “Why is it melting?” as water was starting to drip from it. I asked the question to everyone and the children said “Because the sun was out it’s getting hot and it’s melting”.
We hung the ice decorations in the tree and checked them throughout the day, the children even looked out through the  window and door to watch them glistening in the light.

A Big Thank You to our Seedlings Parents and Staff….

We would like to thank our Parents at Seedlings who helped us collect together some Christmas Gift Bags for the WWCC (Wellesbourne & Walton Community Cares). We received the lovely email below from them –

On behalf of the residents in Wellesbourne and Walton, we would like to pass on a massive thank you to everyone who was involved with the Christmas Gift Bag initiative in December.

We received over 220 gift bags, 39 from Seedlings Nursery, which were distributed to local people who were facing a difficult Christmas.

The response on doorsteps, and from the many thank you cards and letters which we have received, has been heart-warming. We wanted to share with you some of the comments we have received in letters and cards;

 

“Thank you so much for the super Christmas hamper in a gift bag, I did so much enjoy receiving the treats”

 

“I would like to say a great big thank you for the wonderful goodies you gave to me, it was a fabulous surprise”

 

“Thank you very much for the Christmas gift bag, and the addition of the TV times was most welcome!”

 

“I was visited today by someone who I hadn’t seen before, but the voice sounded familiar, it was my friend who picks up the phone for a chat (telephone befriender). For someone like me, living on my own after losing my husband of over 50 years, it’s a few minutes of comfort that someone cares. Today he delivered a ‘hamper’ – what a glorious feast! Thank you to all the organisers, the people who donated the goodies and of course those who deliver”.

 

“Thank you so much for the surprise I received, I thoroughly enjoyed going through the goodies, it really made my day, as up till then it had been an awful day”.

 

“A big thank you to all at Wellesbourne Cares, what a lovely surprise when I opened my door to a lovely lady with a big smile on her face and a gift bag full of goodies. An angel is disguise! I’m not going to be alone at Christmas as there are 200 lovely volunteers. Best wishes to you all.”

 

“Thank you so much for the gift bag. It means a lot. Thank you for caring.”

 

“I received a gift bag and it made my Christmas! Thank you.”

 

“Thank you very much for the wonderful Christmas gift bag which I received, I would be very grateful if you could convey my thanks to Seedlings Day nursery for their very sweet Christmas card”

Polkadot Nurseries – Half Term Dates

We wanted to remind Parents that we will be closed to all Term Time Only children (this includes all children at Bunting Pre-School and Polkadot Bridgetown) week commencing 26th October for Half Term. We will be open again from Monday 2nd November.

Please see below a link to our 2020/21 Calendar for future reference.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ygyh80fv04zvnxg/Copy%20of%20Polkadot%20Childcare%20-%20Calendar%202020-2021.pdf?dl=0

 

 

Enjoying our Nature Garden at Seedlings Nursery

Over the last few weeks Seedlings and Heathcote children have been spending lots of time in the Nature garden.

We have a great new book called

‘Forest School Adventures – Outdoor skills and play for children’  by Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall

This book is really interesting and has some great ideas which we have already put into practice.

Here is a quote from the book which we wanted to share with you

The Importance of play in Nature

”Research confirms that interacting with nature nurtures children’s creativity promotes good health, raises vitamin levels, inspires problem-solving and builds confidence”

Nature can be used within both playground and a classroom activities.

We have been exploring the Nature Garden starting off our session by sitting in our log circle, talking about the safety roles and what we will be doing in our session.

We have done lots of clever learning as well as having lots of fun! We have made large nests by working together collecting sticks feathers leaves soil and grass and weaving and binding them together.

We have made animal dens using large sticks and remembering how to transport them safely dragging them behind us and covering the end with our hand. We used string and tape to bind them together and make it secure, we then added more grass and twigs to camouflage the house to make the animals feel safe. We have also enjoyed making stick towers and structures using a range of different sized sticks.

We went on a nature hunt and all found items we wanted to share with the group at the end of the activity once back in our log circle. The children confidently stood up and talked in front of their peers. We found some great things and used good descriptive and mathematical language when describing what we had found. One child had found a leaf and described it as looking like a star, another child found a stone and said “It’s a dinosaur tooth!’ whilst another child found some bark and we talked about how we can make paper from trees.

We have all loved our outdoor learning this week, we hope you like our photos!

Exploring outdoors at Seedlings Nursery!

Lindsey loves outdoor learning which is a key part of early years education. This week we have taken advantage of the beautiful weather playing outside as much as possible. Young children are curious to learn about their environment, so time in the nature garden is a good opportunity to explore with the senses; smelling the plants, touching the different textures (eg. bark and pine cones) and listening to the sounds around them. They enjoyed lifting up logs and we were able to find lots of mini-beasts; woodlouse, beetles, slugs, spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, earwigs etc.

Gardening also has many benefits; development of fine and gross motor skills when digging and planting seeds; science as they learn what plants need to grow; patience as they wait for the seeds to grow and responsibility when caring for the plant.

Chloe and the Blooms have been getting stuck in with their green thumbs. The Blooms have been planting some wild flowers in the nature garden.

The children have been choosing their own way of playing by choosing areas to become dens that they can play in and have adventures. This encourages them to make their own decisions. A couple of the children named one of the dens the ‘Rascal Bush’ because there were so many branches growing everywhere. We have also made a ‘campfire, ready to toast some marshmellows on it!

The flower beds are now ready for seeds of various vegetables and fruits to be harvested over the next few months. The Blooms have really been doing a fantastic job on giving the nature garden some tender loving care and having fun while doing so.

Katie has been hard at work with the Buds.  They have also been busy outside.  The children used their hands to pull up all the weeds that were in the big tyre, we added more soil then scattered wild flower seeds all over.  “They are all sparkley,” said one child.  We talked about what the seeds will need to help them grow.

The Buds and younger Blooms have also been picking apples off our Bramley apple trees.  We plan to cook them down to make stewed apples, then enjoy this with custard. Mmmmmmm!

A great start back at Seedlings!

We would like to say how happy we are to be back and how amazing all of your children have been, they have adapted and settled back in to Nursery/Pre-school really well.

We would like to say thank you to all parents following our new guidelines, the one way system, applying sun cream before arriving and bringing in sun hats, named water bottles and coats.

Our Pre-school children have loved seeing and playing with their friends again, we have loved hearing all the stories about what they have been doing at home.

The time off they have had seems to have had no effect on their socialising skills, they are joining in each other’s play, sharing toys and even making new friends.

The children have especially loved being outside in the garden using their physical skills, playing football running games, climbing on the climbing equipment and playing with the tyres.

The children have been coming up with their own ideas in play and are using their imagination, pretending to be firefighters and using props to support in their play.

We have especially enjoyed sand play! Having our own tray of sand and choosing what we wanted to have in it, this gets thrown away at the end of each day.

We have also been making paper aeroplanes and seeing how far they can fly and measuring to see who’s has gone the furthest.

The Babies and Buds are in a bubble with Hazel and Katie. We are so proud with how well they have come back and settled in its as if they have never been away!

We have spent lots of time outside playing with footballs, dancing to music and chasing bubbles.

Inside we have enjoyed some sensory play with shaving foam and building with duplo bricks, using our fine motor skills.

We look forward to welcoming more of our Seedlings children back over the next few weeks!

Welcome back Seedlings!!

The children have settled back in well, we are so happy to see some faces back with us and look forward to more of you being able to come back soon!

The children in pre-school have been busy using their mathematical skills, communication skills and supporting each other in their play, while measuring each other.

The children were very excited about the end result looking to see who the tallest and the smallest children were.

Some children then worked together and went off to measure more things around the garden.