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.
Little Pips have been enjoying the sunny days in the garden and have especially liked exploring the daisies in the grass by picking and collecting them. We enhanced their learning by freezing the daisies in various shaped ice trays and also added dried blossom to the exploration. We added utensils to provide rich play opportunities that the children are familiar with and allowed them to experience the play using sensory exploration. The children used high levels of fascination, showing particular interest in the daisies in ice. This activity allowed the children to learn together, the freedom to become involved, curiosity and investigation and making links to our sensory experiences whilst also exploring simple mathematical language.
Children in Buds and Blooms have been learning about how important it is to brush our teeth today. The children enjoyed having a go at brushing the model teeth and showed good control while brushing.
The Blooms children talked about why it is important to brush our teeth and how many times we should brush our teeth each day and how long for, two times a day, morning and night and for 2 minutes. We used a timer to show the children how long 2 minutes was.
The children also talked about going to the dentist and how they need to open their mouth really wide so the dentist can check their teeth, some of the children said they like going to the dentist because they get to sit in a big chair and they get a big sticker.
Some comments from the children-
‘We need to brush our teeth so they don’t go yellow’
‘We need to brush our teeth twice a day even at grandads’
‘I brush my teeth so I don’t have to go to the dentist’
This week at Seedlings, the children in Buds have been making the most of the outdoors. In one of our outdoor activities, we used a variety of sticks and twigs from our environment and used different coloured paints to paint them. Whilst doing this, the children colour mixed and identified the colours that they were making. The children showed high levels of fascination and payed attention to details whilst taking part in this activity. It has now been made in to a display so that the children can observe their own work. Great work Buds!
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“The Buds and Blooms children saw a Hot Air Balloon landing in the field next to the Nursery. They were very excited as they saw the balloon go up and down until it finally landed. They used lots of vocabulary to describe what was happening. Back at Nursery they made some collage balloons, using different materials and had a go at some Paper Mache to make some balloons to hang up. We then made a display in our room, with all the creative artwork”
‘Jen from Stratford District Council recycling department came to talk to the Blooms children about recycling household waste. She told them about what needed to go in the different colour bins and what sort of materials they can recycle. She set up an interactive obstacle course and the children had to pick an object from the box and decide which bin to put the object into…. recycling (blue), general (grey) and food (green). She taught them a song about recycling and they all had a goody bag to go home with, it contained a ball, pencil, pad and keyring, with some leaflets about recycling.
This is the song the children learnt – which can be added to as needed!
“Recycling, recycling, recycling
Tin cans, bottles
Recycling, recycling, recycling
The children really enjoyed this and most of them knew a lot already about recycling from home. They sat and listened well, and followed all of Jen’s instructions. They all said “Thank you” and made her a picture with leaves.’
Allison Aves – Seedlings Manager