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.

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

Children in Blooms have settled well into their new room and have been really busy! Here are some of the things we have been doing…

We have been using our mathematical skills to make our own play dough, using spoons and cups to measure the ingredients, we counted out how many teaspoons it took to fill the cup with flour and then how many tablespoons it took to fill the cup. We talked about the cup being full, half full and empty. The children did well taking turns and worked together.

Once the play dough had been made we divided it into 4 pieces and added natural materials for the children to explore and create, the children got straight to work using their imagination. They created a snail, a tree, a mountain with trees on the top and a snail that was drinking water.

For snack, the children loved making their own fruit kebabs and chose from a range of fruits which they placed onto the sticks.
We talked about healthy eating and about the fruits we liked and disliked.

All the children have been busy making marks and writing using a range of mark making tools, the large white board, chalk board and using paper.

The children have been interested in writing and have been forming letters from their names and asking to write their friends names. They have showed good pencil control and formed some beautiful letters, as well as sounding out the letters they are forming.

The children have showed high levels of involvement while doing larger and more difficult puzzles and have remained focused, they have showed they are proud of their achievement and can work together as a team.

We have enjoyed using the tape measure, we have compared sizes and have looked at the numbers to see which is the biggest.

We have had fun making shapes using the magnetic shapes, and managed to create a large star! The child talked in detail about what they had made and how many points the star has and why they added more to the star to make it a star square.

We have been having sessions in the outdoor nature garden exploring, using the mud kitchen and we went on a bug hunt. We have been listening to sounds in the environment, and discussing what different sounds we can hear. We are going to be making our own paint brushes from natural materials and painting with mud in our next sessions!

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.