March Update.

Bumblebees

To celebrate Mother’s Day the children created beautiful flower cards using their hands as the petals and pictures of themselves as the middle of the flower. The children enjoyed making these as it involved a gooey sensory experience getting their hands into the paint.

World book day was celebrated throughout the nursery with the children dressing up as their favourite book characters. We had Peter Pan, pirates and princesses. The children enjoyed listening to their favourite books at story time.

Butterflies and Ladybirds

Our book of the month for March is Piranha don’t eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey. Brian the Piranha loves bananas. He tries to convince his friends to try some fruits and vegetables, but they prefer chomping on people’s feet, knees and bums! He keeps asking them until they finally give in and try a fruit platter. Will his friends like it and switch to eating more fruits and veggies? The story is a fun and cheeky rhyming book which encourages children to try new things and embrace their individuality.

We started March off with World Book day. It was amazing seeing the children dressed as their favourite characters and bringing in their special stories from home.

For Mothers Day this year we made special cards with flowers on. We planted bulbs in decorated pots to give as presents. We have really enjoyed hearing the children telling us about the bulbs which have begun to sprout.

 

In March we also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. We celebrated in true messy style with our festive green, sparkly foam in the garden.

February Update

Bumblebees

Our bumblebees have been very busy this month with lots of different activities going on.  We have been exploring different media and materials, such as table painting, play dough and multicoloured spaghetti play. When we had the snow showers we brought some of the snow into the room for the children to see and feel, this allowed the children to explore with their hands and some children even tasted it!

 

On Valentine’s Day we decorated biscuits for our loved ones and ourselves! We used different coloured icing, each child chose the colour they wanted and did a great job decorating their own biscuit. They found this extremely hard as most of them just wanted to gobble up the biscuit themselves – they did look scrummy!

Ladybirds and Butterflies

In February our book of the month was ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’. The children became very engaged with the story – counting along, starting to recognise their numbers, encouraging their participation as their confidence grew. As a result of this we saw a corresponding increase in the children using numbers spontaneously in their play.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with the children making their own dragons and taking part in a dragon dance.

At the start of February, we were visited by the ‘Beast from the East’. We made sure to make the most of the opportunity – making and throwing snowballs and building mini snowmen.

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.

  Happy Halloween everyone.

 

 

September Update – Our 1st birthday

September started with a big party for us as we celebrated our 1st birthday.

 

We also welcomed lots of new children to the nursery in September and they have all settled in rather well.

This month we also saw the introduction of our weekly dance class with Cora Theatres. The children are all learning how to move to the music and dance in groups…

We also had our first annual summer fate with a special guest appearance from Belle herself….

 

The children have also been busy role playing in the home corner from…..

 

Looking for new equipment…

To placing the order…

Going out for Lunch….

Preparing the food and the table…

To sitting down and enjoying a nice meal with friends….

Phew!! What a busy month. Roll on October for some more fun and activities…..

 

August Update

With the sun shining down on the children and the nursery, we took this opportunity to teach the children about the different insects that can visit the garden when it is hot. We were lucky to come across this little fellow and the children were amazed at how big it looked.

 

With the good weather upon us, what better opportunity then to get the children using their fine motor skills and decorating the large tree branch with the favourite colour and then tying lots and lots of coloured ribbon to it. We then managed to attach it to the wall as part of our 3d display.

Our babies haven’t been missing out on the fun, they have been using their time to sharpen their sensory skills with lots of different activities.

 

June Update

With summer in full flow and with the glorious weather we are having, where else would the children spend their day then in the garden using all of the wonderful resources that are available to them.

The children have been playing in the mud and making mud pies and also just stopping for a chit-chat whilst using the outside equipment. But it hasn’t been all about the play the children have also been using our alphabet wall to practice their writing and shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

With the weather being so hot, the only way to cool down in the garden is to with water play that the children loved.

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst the older children have been busy in the garden the younger bumblebees have also been busy this month. They have been enjoying the lovely weather also and designing their own sunglasses, everyone always needs new sunglasses for the summer!

We have also been celebrating the Queen’s birthday by making our own crowns.

 

The children used their mixing and motor skills to make cakes to celebrate Eid.

 

 

 

 

 

April Update

Happy Easter Everyone

With Easter fast approaching, the children are in full spring…enjoying the lovely weather in the garden, digging for treasure and planting flowers.

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We would also like to say a BIG Thank you to Rugby Tots who came down to the nursery to give the children a free taster session – the children had a great time catching and running with the ball and a lot of tries where scored.

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As it was Easter this month we set the children a competition to see who could be the most creative in their Easter bonnet making. All of the children put in a lot of effort into making their bonnets, so we decided that all of them are the competition winners. Look out for your prizes they are on there way.

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With the change in the weather, we have decided to develop our garden a little bit more. With the help of the children we have created a construction area. Within physical development we have incorporated some tyres and made an obstacle course for the children to run.  Some children have also extended their play by using these tyres as tunnels and large building blocks.

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March Update

Another term has sprung upon us. This month has been a busy one for all of us here at Monkey Puzzle, with lots more children joining us and the nursery joining the world of twitter @MonkeyPuzzEden

We have been celebrating the Spring Equinox, raising money for Comic relief by dressing up and having a cake sale and showing our mummies how much we love them with creating cards and flowers.

A big thank you to everyone that donated money to a great cause as we managed to raise a whopping £141.45 for Comic Relief. red nose

 

Our preschool children walked to our local market, bought some vegetables to use in play. They put them into soil and pretended to plant them and dig them up. Whilst exploring they came across a worm! The activity then changed to digging for worms. What can you find when digging?    digging IMG_0303 IMG_0302

Our baby room staff have created an amazing  sensory board. They have used various materials, (such as sheer material, carpet sample, sand paper) and put them into photo frames Sensory board

Christine, our chef  has been making bread with our preschool children, they measured out the ingredients, poured them in and mixed them together. Once the bread had risen, the children took the bread home to cook.  We also cooked some here which the children were able to try together to talk about the process from start to finish

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The children also celebrated Mothers day by making cards from their handprints and writing a message inside.