8 hours 34 minutes ago
The children @ Cloverlea have been looking for new ways to enhance the painting area. We used window cleaners on Tuesday to paint with. The children really enjoyed themselves and the results are amazing!🖌️🎨
10 hours 13 minutes ago
*** Hale Day Nursery ***
We have been celebrating St Patrick's Day today at Hale, the children have lots of fun joining in all the different activities the staff have planned. The Owls made their own biscuits and decorated them like the Irish flag. Badger's made soda bread, taking turns rolling and kneading the bread. Squirrel's created fabulous creative pictures using a a variety of materials. the Rabbit and Hedgehog children used shamrock peppers to print on paper to create pictures.
Happy St Patrick's Day
11 hours 31 minutes ago
*** Woodlands Day Nursery ***
The Hedgehog room have enjoyed a couple of weeks of exploring plants, vegetables and flowers. The children have taken part in a variety of sensory activities from painting with flowers to vegetable planting. Sensory play facilitates exploration and naturally encourages children to develop holistically through active learning and curiosity.
11 hours 42 minutes ago
In Oak room this week we have been celebrating St Patrick’s Day and British Science Week.
The children have shown interest in different weathers so we created our own rain cloud experiment. The children practiced their fine motor skills adding coloured water to a cup with water and shaving foam in to develop their understanding of what happens when it rains. We have also done an experiment creating our own rainbow which enabled the children to look at the new colours made when the colours mixed.
The children have been exploring the shape of the shamrock and talking about what it looks like. As one child suggested, “It looks like hearts”. The children then used a potato to print their own shamrocks. We have also been exploring rainbow rice developing our understanding of quantities and practicing control when pouring the rice from one container to another.
12 hours 17 minutes ago
This week we have introduced real fruit and vegetable into our play. Willow room children enjoyed the big vegetables in the home corner, rolling them, stirring them in pans and bowls. We also used them in the paint to make marks, letting the children explore the texture and how they wanted to use them in the paint.
12 hours 19 minutes ago
*** Woodlands Day Nursery ***
Today at Woodlands the children have been acknowledging St Patrick’s Day.
The babies in Rabbits have been printing shamrocks using peppers and used their whole bodies to explore a sensory Irish themed tuff tray.
The Hedgehog children used a variety of mark making tools to develop their fine motor skills and coordination as they created their Irish flags.
In Otters the children have made green play dough snakes to represent the mythology of St Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland.
Owls have worked cooperatively sharing ingredients to make their own Soda bread. They have used paint, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in a spray bottle to create their own fizzing Shamrock pictures, this prompted lots of discussion and predictions about what might happen. In the garden the children used syringes to squirt paint onto the paper and used Large window cleaners and sponges to spread the paint, developing their fine and large motor movements through process art. The children then joined in a group parade in the garden using the instruments and listening to some traditional Irish music.
15 hours 58 minutes ago
***Broussa Day Nursery***
This week in Owls we have been reading a book titled
'It's okay to be different'.
In the book there was a section dedicated to explaining that some people need to use wheelchairs, the children were very interested in this and it lead to a lengthy discussion about disabilities.
Following this interest we were able to have a wheelchair brought to nursery for the children to see and explore to further enhance their interest.
Looking at fingerprints was a great way to show the children how we are different in many ways that we cannot always see easily. We used an inkpad to mark make and show the children their differences as well as allowing them the opportunity to use our fingerprint entry system linked to the computer.
They were really excited to see how this worked!
Owls also read the book 'Elmer' which helped the children to explore differences and lead to conversations about themselves such as eye colour.
The children later sat down at circle time and used a mirror to look at their reflections and discuss the colours that they saw. They then completed a tally chart on the eye colours within the room.
Later in the week the children were challenged to complete an obstacle course whilst blindfolded.
This enabled the children to learn about moving around with limited senses as well as learning about various aids such as walking sticks and guide dogs.
Following this the children continued with their discussions and were able to talk about family members who had limited senses or disabilities.
This lead on to the group paying tribute to the great Professor Stephen Hawking who had contributed to science and the world in such a memorable way.
The children watched a video and listened to the way in which Mr Hawking was able to communicate, through a computer, and this enabled to team to talk about our friends at nursery who communicate through the use of PECS.
What a fantastic learning experience provided to our curious Owls.
17 hours 21 minutes ago
***Broussa Day Nursery***
Badger room activities
Over the last week we have seen some fantastic planned activities being explored by our children in the Badger room.
The activities have supported individual interests which were inclusive for all children to access and enjoy spontaneously too.
The activities ranged from...
-🚒 Fireman role play: Where children were able to use many resources such as soap dispensers and pipettes to put out their imaginary fires. This activity included teamwork, social development, communication skills and knowledge of understanding the world.
-🎨 Painting: We had spaghetti paint brushes, tree painting and gruffalo painting, all very exciting and different ways for children to explore making marks.
-🐞 Insect land: Natural resources such as leaves, twigs and pebbles were arranged in a way to conceal insects for children to find. This activity enabled the team to observe the children being active learners whilst playing and exploring.
-❄️ Ice sleighs: A wonderful take on children's current interests in vehicles and weather effects. This activity encouraged group play and taught them to observe the effects of the outside weather and of their bodies on their ice sleighs.
-🍦Ice cream factory: A fantastic sensory experience created for the children to promote individuality and making choices. The children were given a variety of resources in which to create their favourite ice creams. This activity allowed the children to speak freely and share their thoughts and experiences with each other.
Well done Badger room!! 😃