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!
“The children at some of our Nurseries and Pre-Schools raised funds last week for Children in Need by holding a cake sale and wearing pyjamas, spots or yellow to nursery for the day. The children have enjoyed decorating the cakes and biscuits using lots of yummy treats. A BIG Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and made a donation.”
”Dear Parents, please note that if your child is eligible for 30 hours funding for the Spring Term, you will need to apply before 31st December to receive your unique 11 digit code. To apply please go to: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk”
“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
The Buds and Blooms at Seedlings have been doing lots of mark-making – outdoors and inside! They have used mud outside for painting, and have used the chalkboard on our new mud kitchen in the nature garden. The children also used some crayons for bark rubbings and mini watercolour paints to do some painting in the nature garden.
They have been talking in circle time about how they are all different and special, looking at a special book about ‘All Kinds Of People’ and drawing pictures of themselves for an ‘All About Me’ display board.
‘Here are photos of some of our Blooms children (3+) this week. They have had lots of fun outside, firstly getting the vegetable patch ready for planting and then going to our Nature Garden.
The children sat in the log circle and they talked about the rules to keep everyone safe. They then chose what they wanted to do in Nature School. Some of the children tried balancing around the logs. Then the children made some mud pies and served them on plates for everyone’s dinner as they sat in the circle again. They also enjoyed hiding in the bushes and playing “One, two, three, where are you?” The children collected lots of ‘treasure’ that they found on the ground, including alder cones and shiny ivy leaves. At the end of the session the children talked about what they had enjoyed most and said, “This is the best day ever” and “I enjoyed exploring everything!”.’
Allison Aves – Nursery Manager