Janaury 2018 Update

Bumblebees

Sensory Silliness

This month we have been testing out senses to the max! We have explored so many textures from Jelly to smelly slime. The children have loved using their gross motor skills to stir the jelly with spoons and folks. We have especially chosen spoons so that they children become familiar with holding spoons to encourage them being used at meal times. The children have also been expressing themselves

Ladybirds and Butterflies

Our ladybirds and butterflies have been very busy having fun this month.  Our book of the month has been “Goldilocks and the 3 bears”. The children have absolutely loved this book! They have been joining in with the story, repeating missing phases the children have loved signing our 3 bear song and joining in with the actions. As a follow on activity we all made our own porridge for snack time and added in our own choice of toppings.

 

 

 

 

The children have been using their imagination with play dough. It’s amazing what you can make,  we have had ham and cheese sandwiches, birthday cake, castles and even power liners to power the castle. We extended the children’s learning by letting them use the play dough in the home corner so they can make and mould their own foods, having their own ideas.

Why don’t you use our simple play dough recipe at home? All you need is

Play dough on the hob

½ cup of salt

1 cup of plain flour

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of oil

3 drops of liquid food colouring

Peppermint essence

How to make

Mix all of the ingredients together in a sauce pan.

Stir over heat until dough is pliable

Allow to cool and store in a plastic bag or container

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Ho Ho Ho post our letters and to the North Pole they go!

We had lots of messy fun this month making our post box for our friends to post their Christmas cards.  We also enjoyed making lots of festive decorations for our mummy’s and daddy’s, exploring different textures and using lots of different techniques when doing so.

With Christmas fast approaching and the children getting into the festive spirit, Bumblebees starting decorating their room using all of the sensory equipment available. They loved using the sensory light buttons to turn the lights on and off. We used this experience to explore our ICT skills and also to learn about the different colours at the same time. Ladybirds and Butterflies started the month by decorating the christmas tree.

 

By using glitter, the children have shown a great interest in mark making, forming letters and drawing pictures which have all been on display around the room to help encourage their interest and to promote a sense of pride in their work. All of the children practiced our very special Christmas story ‘ A Monkey Puzzle Christmas’ which was filled with some of our favourite Christmas songs. We enjoyed making a variety of exciting seasonal activities and have been busy making lots of arts and crafts for our mummy and daddy’s.

Mince pies

With the cooking classes taking place what other way to enjoy Christmas cooking then to make your very own mince pies. The children sat, listened and watched Christine very carefully before attempting to make their own mince pies. Once they were cooked the children ate them as a treat for their pudding after lunch.

 

 

Christmas party

 

What other way to celebrate an ending to a great year then to have a Christmas party. With a special guest appearance from the main man himself the children had a wonderful time. Thank you to all of the parents who took time out at this busy time of year to come and have some fun at the nursery with the children and staff.

Remember Remember the 5th November

“Remember, remember the 5th of November” This month in Bumblebees we put our mark making skills to the test and made some fantastic firework painting using toilet rolls. This really helps with our expressive arts and design skills as we enjoy the effects of making movement that leaves marks.

In ladybirds and Butterflies, we created our firework pictures in the garden and our very own special poppies for Remembrance Day to remember the soldiers past and present who have served our country.

 

As winter is approaching and the weather is turning the children have taken it upon themselves to make sure their mode of transport is not effected.

Bumblebees, Ladybirds and Butterflies have also been practicing their markmaking skills this month

Happy Halloween

October has been a busy month for us and the children as we have introduced some changes to the nursery and their routines.

With the introduction of a new nursery uniform to the children in the Butterflies and ladybirds room, we felt that is was a great way of uniting the nursery together. we also saw it as a way of making life easier for all you parents in the morning as well. Ha Ha!  The children have really taken to the uniform making them look very smart indeed. We also felt that having a uniform will get the children school ready for when they transition to primary school. With the school readiness in mind we have also introduced a self registration to the children as a way of them recognising their own name and getting familiar with the letters in their name. The children register every morning and afternoon.

 

As this is a spooky month of ghost and ghouls the children have been exploring their spooky senses! They have enjoyed making cakes using their motor skills to help mix up all their ingredients and of course they really enjoyed tasting them after. The Bumblebees have also had lots of touchy; feely experiences such as pasta worms and shaving foam with food colouring to help with their  physical development, exploring objects in a variety of ways.

 

The older children have also been practising their fine motor skills by hammering in matchsticks into the pumpkins and using pinchers grips to pick them up and hold them.