To all parents, children, staff and our Edenbridge community, Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2020
Bumblebees room news
Bumblebees were really extending their imaginative skills with their personal, social and emotional skills enhancing their friendships adding keywords and gestures. They played in the home corner in their room and in the garden. Making drinks (usually tea!) and choosing various food to put on their plates.
They also produced some real creations by making chocolate cornflake cakes too
Most of the activities this month were based on Halloween with various media and materials. They scooped out pumpkins and played with the inside of them, using their sensory skills and exploring different descriptive key words such a slimy, seeds, wet, slippery. They also put cornflour inside the pumpkin as a different activity.
We recognised Remembrance Day in Bumblebees by decorating poppies and making poppy biscuits which we took home with us to share with our families. We looked at the different ingredients we needed to make the biscuits and took turns to mix them. We used our physical skills further (with a little bit of help!) by rolling out the mixture before cutting the poppy out. We also made gluten and dairy free, cheese turn overs so our friends with allergies can also have fun cooking.
We have had so much fun this month from the different Christmas activities to our Christmas Party. We put some snow (shaving foam!) into a tray and played with the animals. We used our creative skills to decorate snowmen and mittens for our seasonal display above our pegs and had so much fun singing songs, doing festive activities and eating lots of party food with our families and friends at our Christmas Party.
Butterflies Room news
We used our creative, experimental and sensory skills with various activities. One of them, we put paint between clingfilm which was secured to the table. This was for a sensory experience and to see if the colours mixed the same as they would do on a piece of paper. We made cakes for our bake sale we held to raise money for Mcmillan, we used our maths skills to measure ingredients, communication skills telling each other what we were doing and how Mcmillan nurses help families and people who are poorly.
We used our fine motor skills and imagination to create our spiders which sat on a huge spider’s web. We twisted pipe cleaners around a pom pom and stuck wobbly eyes on. We also searched for letters in coloured water, talking about what we found.
We painted bears for our going on a bear hunt display. We then went on a bear hunt in the garden with our binoculars, you’ll be relieved to know that there were no bears! We only found bugs!
We wore our creative socks this month, with our various activities and celebrating Christmas. Friendships were blooming with team work to make a small idea bigger. Two friends used blocks to add things to the roadway. We all made special Christmas gifts for our families and we stuck cotton wool, noses, hats and eyes onto our snowmen. We also had so much festive fun at our Christmas party. Merry Christmas everyone!!
Ladybirds Room news
Dance began again with Miss Sophie from Cora Theatre Arts. We listen to the music and the dance instructions, seeing how are bodies can move in different ways. We create movements with different pieces of music, various rhythms and tempos.
One of our Parents visited Italy and their daughter told us all about it. Supporting Understanding of the world, People and communities the children made their own Pizza for tea as this is what the little girl’s daddy ate whilst in Italy! Ladybirds put their maths skills to use measuring the ingredients. Ladybirds set up a beautiful picnic in the home corner, getting dressed up for the occasion. True friendship extending their Personal, social and emotional skills widening their vocabulary with their communication skills. We celebrated Halloween with various activities an ugly bugs ball and a dress up day. Not to mention our Pumpkin competition.
We celebrated Remembrance Sunday at nursery and also at Stanholm Residential Home with the residents. We created poppies with various materials and resources. We spoke about remembering the soldiers in the army who have fought in the wars.
Ladybirds had fun making movements like fireworks do, creating different noises and expressions. We made up gloop (cornflour and water) with food colouring mixing the colours as if our hands were the fireworks dancing in the sky.
Ladybirds have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and creating goodies for their families for Christmas. They had a surprise visit from Father Christmas, performed a beautiful Nativity, ate a Christmas lunch with everyone in the nursery and celebrated Christmas jumper day.