weaving allows the children to develop their fine motor skills, while developing their knowledge of patterns and positional vocabulary- in and out, back and front. It’s also a really enjoyable activity.
The children are just beginning to explore using these blocks. They’re a wonderful open ended resource that encourages problem solving and cooperation. Here, the children are using the blocks with other equipment to build a car. They roll the tyres over as they know that cars have four wheels. Having to use our imagination to find a steering wheel allows children to think about what the original object looks like.
Our story, The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark opened up lots of conversations about night time routines. We found out about dark and the children loved the part of the story about dark being fun as you can have hot chocolate. The children were really excited when we suggested that we could have hot chocolate at nursery. We decided to make a “fire” and we sang songs around it as we drank our lovely hot chocolate!
Jambs owls brought nine owls to nursery. We learned lots of exciting things about the owls and then we had a go at holding them.
We’ve been interested in the birds nests that are high up in one of the trees in the nursery garden so we had a go at making a nest ourselves. We watched a short film showing how birds build their nests and then we assembled everything we’d need, straw, mud and sticks. Our nests look pretty authentic but were not sure any birds will be laying their eggs in them
The cold weather encouraged the children to explore ice and to make some discoveries about how to melt it. They worked together using salt and hot water to dissolve the ice and free the story characters.
Having lifted up a log we discovered 4 worms hiding. We lifted them out carefully for the children to observe closely. While watching them we thought about the predators who might try to eat them. Afterwards we put them back under the log!
The children really challenged themselves as they climbed the trees in the nursery garden. They encouraged each other up and coached each other down.
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