Our soap flakes tray has been very popular today. The children used scrapers to push and pull the soapy mixture, noticing the bubbles that they formed. One of the children saw that he could form a bubble between his fingers and thumbs and he showed everyone how to do it.
This afternoon the children initiated using the giant rainbow chalks to draw around each other. This activity included lots of naming body parts and talking about their size. Later on lots of children really enjoyed large scale mark making inside our cardboard hideout.
For our learning about Easter, we found out all about eggs and how to crack them. We counted the eggs, explored their hard shell and their yellow yolk and then we had a go at cracking the eggs. It was quite messy but lots of fun and then we scrambled them to cook them.
Today there was a delicious smell of chocolate at nursery as we made Easter nests. We used milk chocolate and shredded wheat. The children had to crumble the shredded wheat and snap the chocolate. During this activity we found out all about chocolate and what happens to it when you heat it up.
After we counted out the cake cases we shared the mixture out and then we used our knowledge of counting to count out 4 mini eggs from a larger amount. Finally we placed an Easter chick on top and put them in the fridge to set. Yum yum
The nursery children are so impressed with our new tree stump walk. Thank you to Dan Hudson for building it for us. As you can see, the children might get a bit muddy and will definitely benefit from having a pair of wellies on their peg.
Our tadpoles are really thriving and the children are already able to talk about the changes that have happened so far.
Today we looked closely at the tapdoles, we looked in the information books to see how old they were and then we used black pens to draw them.
Today, there was a noisy visitor outside our gate. Some workmen were chopping down a big poplar tree and the children watched and listened as the noisy chipper cut the branches up into tiny pieces.
We also listened to the sound of the chainsaws and we watched as the large pieces of trunk were loaded onto the truck. One of the children commented that it sounded like thunder.
We’re really excited about the arrival of spring, especially as it means we can really get going with our topic “the great outdoors”. Soon we will have a new raised bed so that the children can grow lots of healthy vegetables. In preparation for this we have been busy planting seeds. So far we have planted peas, runner beans, courgettes, broad beans and tomatoes. We’ve been talking lots about eating vegetables and keeping healthy. Plus Theres been lots of opportunities to count out amounts and to develop ideas about sharing equally.
The children love gathering worms at nursery. Often finding worms is like finding treasure and the children know they were they can find them in the nursery garden. Our activity of building a wormery was relatively straightforward, and resulted in a lovely home for some of our garden earthworms. We added sand and soil and then some organic material. We put six worms in and we will spend the week observing them before we release them back into the garden.
Children were really excited to discover that we have tadpoles at nursery. They have only just hatched out of their frogspawn and we are looking closely at them and hoping that they will grow big and strong soon. From looking at the information books we found that the tadpoles were between one week and two weeks old.