Ladybirds and Butterflies are always creating something beautiful. The paint has been popular this week and we have been playing outside on the safe and secure balcony garden. We enjoy spending time with our friends, singing songs and playing games.
It was reported today that a giant spider had been spotted in the woods. The children changed into their puddle suits and wellies and ventured upto the woods to discover that indeed there was a rather large spider sitting in it's web! The spider explained how she catches her lunch without even having to leave her home! We sang Incy wincy Spider and made our very own headband with lots of eyes - just like a real spider. We went on a bug hunt and found that a tiny spider ha
There was something magical happening in the woods on Thursday. Fairies, pixies, elves and dinosaurs were seen scurrying around making houses, splashing in the river and swashing around in a swamp! We had lots of loose parts to tinker with to help create our small world play; pebbles, petals, sticks, rocks, pine cones, shells and beads. We even had eco friendly fairy dust using buttons and sugar paper shapes. We talked about how the woodland, the beach, the moors and the c
Do worms have taste buds? What is compost? What things can we put in compost to rot? These were all questions that we answered on Wednesday by inviting the children to dig and discover! We made our very own ecosystem using using pea gravel, soil, seeds and we cut off the top of a bottle to create a funnel to collect the moisture. We talked about things that can go in the compost and sadly we looked compost that had litter, single use plastics and polystyrene in. We know
As part of our annual Life Skills programme, the Kindergarten have been learning Makaton signs for the songs 'Five Little Ducks' and 'There's a worm at the bottom of the garden'. The children had a 'splashingly' good time as they played 'Hook-a-Duck' and 'Find the Hidden Ducks'. This promoted number recognition, understanding the value of numbers, counting, turn taking, mathematics, floating & sinking, science, language skills and communication. Similarly we have been enjo
Dragonflies fancied a day at the beach so the beach came to them! They poured sand and water on their floor in the Garden Room and played to their hearts content makings sandcastles, filling buckets, using spades, stamping on the sand and sitting in it.
During our Life Skills programme, we have been learning about our five senses. The children couldn't believe their ears when they tried on some heavy duty ear defenders! We played the feely bag game for touch and the memory game for eye sight. For smell, the children passed around a variety of fragrances and learnt how to waft the smell towards their nostrils. Taste was probably the most fun and certainly the most popular activity as the children were blind folded and enc
Dragonflies have got stuck in with shaving foam on the tuff tray as a fun sensory activity. The children experienced this activity outside on the lawn this morning. The children were intrigued to feel the smooth and soft foam and how it feels when they squished it between their fingers. Afterwards, we washed the tuff tray and kept the water in it for splashing play! We love messy fun!
Although we have been talking about Spring, it's been more like Winter recently with strong winds and torrential rain! On the occasions when we did go out, we enjoyed our own little safe and secure garden upstairs playing with a variety of toys. Butterflies went down to play on the large lawn and see the Dragonfly children also outside enjoying the large space. Lots of creativity has been happening upstairs and Butterflies are continuously adding to the wonderful 'creatures'