There’s a light box and some gems. Some of the gems are translucent and others are opaque. The children have explored the gems and noticed that they are either see through or dark. Then they’ve used the gems to make patterns and pictures.
There’s something fascinating about things that are slightly out of reach… especially if you work cooperatively to achieve a group aim of filling up the tube with all the balls.
Lots of writing and drawing with our playground chalk today
Because it’s starting to get colder and there are no berries for the birds we decided to open up conversations about winter and wildlife by making seed cakes. We love to watch the birds that visit he nursery garden and hopefully the seed cakes will encourage more birds to come .
We explored the ingredients and learnt about some of the things that birds like to eat.
Then we prepared the string and the cake cases so that it would all be held together.
Next we mixed all the ingredients together and squashed it into seed cakes.
Once we had formed the cakes we put them in a cold place, the fridge and then when they were ready we hung them in the tree.
Afterwards we drew some pictures of birds that might come to our garden!
This soapy substance is great for exploring. It’s so light and fluffy but still a bit lumpy too. Plus it makes our hands lovely and clean.
We can even use it to practise writing our names….
“It’s a house, and it’s got a chimney and a sofa and it’s got flowers!”
“Look how big it is now”.
We’ve been finding out about Diwali this week and we’ve been so busy, listening to stories about Rama and Sita, making our own Hindu temples, making clay pot Diyas and chapattis. We tasted poopadums and we listened to the story of Chapatti moon. We even read a Hindu inspired counting book called Engines Engines.
The children’s interest in climbing has continued and now they are interested in jumping and landing. Over time they’re confidence has increased and they are able to manage a greater degree of risk.
Lots of excitement in the garden this morning as children extend their climbing and balancing skills in the trees.
This week we have been finding out about Diwali. We know that Hindus people all over the world will be decorating their homes with flowers and Rangoli patterns and that Hindu people will also be visiting their temple.
We have decorated our playground with Rangoli patterns and we have made our own model of a Hindu temple. Outside we have been making clay diya pots.