More Christmas Fun!!!

The children started the week decorating their very own unique party crowns, they used lots of sparkly confetti, glitter and pictures.

 

Printing stars using gold and silver paint was another creative activity the children enjoyed this week.

Most of the children really like getting their hands messy so making reindeer faces was a lot of fun.  First, the children made lots of brown hand prints…….

 

The children then added the eyes and red nose to finish their reindeer. They all look AMAZING!!!

Lots of different sparkly coloured tinsel was placed in the sensory tray for the children to use to decorate wooden blocks.  Some of the children decided to decorate our nursery Christmas tree with more tinsel too.

Play dough is also very popular with the children and this week it has been white with very fine sparkly glitter, just like glistening white snow but not as cold.

We have been practising everyday this week for our Christmas party by singing Christmas songs, dancing and playing instruments.  We can’t wait till next Wednesday morning!!!

 

The sensory tray on Thursday morning was filled with soft smooth flour, porridge oats and glitter.  The children enjoyed filling up and emptying pots, cups and toy trucks with the mixture.

Mrs Bah the Christmas Tree read stories to the children in our very own grotto.  Mrs Bah is a  great Christmas Tree, don’t you think?

See you all next week for our final week of Christmas activities before we break up for the holidays on Thursday 20th December.

Christmas is here!

All the children (and adults) were very excited to decorate the Christmas tree.

We also made Christmas cards using lots of different Christmas pictures and shiny snow flakes and glitter.  We decorated shiny cds to use as Christmas tree ornaments.

 

We played Christmas songs during the session and learned to sing some popular Christmas songs …. Jingle Bells…Jingle Bells…. What a Great Week.

MS Whitely came to read us a story in Santa’s grotto.

We finished the week by inviting all the new children to our stay and play session.

 

Colourful Week

The 2 year old have enjoyed exploring with different colours including red ,blue, yellow etc. This week we decided to extend further the children’s interest by collaborating all the colours to make rainbows. on the creative table , we introduced the children to colour matching. we provided them with visuals and pictures of rainbow and pre- cut colours to find the correspondent colours. The children enjoyed taking part in this activity as they spent a prolonged period of times sticking the right colour to the rainbow.

 

 

Also, we introduced the children to a colour song during individual carpet time to which the loved to join in to sing. We also had colour  matching games to which the children were encourage to match it  to the right colour. it was such an exciting game which the children love to play.

on the tactile table, we made coloured glitter playdough. The children were engaged in this activity and used different approaches of learning which includes rolling, feeling and cutting the playdough.

Glitter Playdough

The water area was enhanced with different coloured Duplo bricks and balls. The children had fun splashing the water, filling pots and pans and also explored with the lego. Others also enjoyed taking turns with encouragement.

we went on further to explore with  Rainbow rice. The children were amazed at the colourful rice. Some of the children expressively said “Wow”!. Some other children attempted to say the colours of the rainbow rice randomly. They had a fantastic time filling pots and pans with rice, pouring ,scooping and feeling them as they play. The children also represented their thought imaginatively as they pretend to cook the rice.

Rainbow Rice

we also experimented and created beautiful patterns using marbles. The children loved rolling the marbles with colourful paint and seeing the effect on the paper. The children had fun taking part in this activity. Some children took the whole process to another level as the dance by twisting and using whole body movements. We also encouraged them to say the colours.

Rolling and Dance with Marbles!

Last but not the least, we went on to explore with red sand and transport. The children had fun playing in the red sand. They enjoyed feeling the sand, using diggers as they represented their ideas in play. Others enjoyed drawing patterns with their fingers. The children also enjoyed running the vehicles through the sand.

We went on further to create an incredible collage using  the red sand and stencils. The children made beautiful pictures of their choices.

Finally, the children made an incredible painting using brushes.  We provided the children with different paints and brushes to make a design of their choice. They were engage in this activity for a long period of time. The children represented their ideas in this activity as the they begin to make marks. The children were able to take turns with support.

Independent Play

some our 2 year olds have developed tremendously. They have such an incredible child – led play ideas. Well done kids for such an imaginative play.

 

It has been an incredible colourful week and looking forward to enjoy the weeks ahead even better!

 

 

YELLOW week!

Yellow is sunshine and summertime, but with 4°C outside we decided to bring it into the room just for one week. It did warm up the children because they had so much fun playing with flowers, creating bright paintings, trying tasteful food and just yellow hunting.

Yellow snack samplers

We wanted to show the children how good (or not) yellow food can taste by organizing a sampler of various treats. We set out bowls of yellow: cheese, sweetcorn, banana, pepper and lemon. We then encouraged some of them to try a bit of every snack. Here are some pictures of their reactions:

Lemon

Yellow pepper

Sweet corn (the big favourite)

Mild Cheese

The banana was so successful that we didn’t even have time to take a picture 😀

Sensory bins

Children had some sensory fun and learning the colour yellow in the water tray and the sand tray. In the  water we added on day real flowers and leafs, also yellow sparkly water. For the sand we decided to add yellow trucks and diggers or simply sand yellow tools!

As a special sensory bin we created a yellow discovery tray: going on a yellow treasure hunt around the room we filled the tray with as many yellow things as we could find. Children then enjoyed touching, looking at and exploring all this objects. We added polenta just for more fun!

Let’s get crafty with the colour yellow

We offered the children many creative choices: printing with yellow duplo bricks, making originals collages by sparkling over glue some yellow rice, being free to use brushes and yellow paint, stamping yellow stars or printing with real yellow bell peppers and bananas cut in half.

Birthday girl

On Monday we celebrated Jasnoor’s 3rd birthday. Her family was so generous sharing with us a beautiful and delicious birthday cake. The children could also enjoy wearing animal masks and playing with balloons. Happy Birthday Jasnoor!

Stay and play session

It is again this time of the year: when our 3 years old children will leave us to continue their learning journey in the 3YO nursery and some new 2 years old will join our room. The new children were here on Thursday and stayed with their parents for an hour of free play and get to know each other. It was lovely to meet you all, looking forward to play again with you on Tuesday.

Take over day

Friday was the Take over day in our school, Malaaika and Aayah were our super-star helpers. They took over Ms Holmes and Mrs Bah roles and helped to encourage children to play, read stories, helped to get the snack ready and participate with enthusiasm in our circle time. You were responsible, caring and willing to help all the time, we predict you  a brilliant future in the Early Years sector 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE week!

Last week (w/c 12th November) we had  a really busy BLUE week in the 2YO Nursery.

Blue messy play

Blue creative and manipulative activities

Blue supervised scissors cutting

Blue role playing (singing “Row,row, row your boat”)

We used marbels and blue paint for our focused creative activities. We mixed creativity and science by playing with water, soap and straws too. Our 2YO made lots of fantastic pictures:

Last Thrusday we had BLUE day when everyone wore something blue. And the same day we wore odd socks to celebrate Anti-bullying Day though out school. The odd socks are to celebrate that we are all different…

On Friday 16th November, we did a sponsored “Pyjama day” to raise donations for Children In Need. We all looked amazing in our pj’s:

We had lots of fun crafting, playing and dancing wearing our pyjamas 🙂

What a great week we all had !

Signed: Mrs Bah

 

RED week!

In the 2 YO Nursery we couldn’t wait to introduce the beautiful world of colours to the children.This half-term we will be talking abut an specific colour each week. We started with RED!

Here are some of the colour-specific things we explored:

Red Collage

An adult input activity, ideal for developing children’s creative skills: Glue a “red themed” collage on paper. We invited the children to choose from different textured papers, all in red, of course!

Apples and peppers are red

In the creative area there was some printing with real apples and peppers. And some  brush painting in red too.

Playdough creations

We set up our play table with red play dough, red cookie cutters and some other tools. The playdough was set up on the table for the whole week being a success each day: red pizzas, red cookies and much more!

Water play

Bringing the fun of learning the colour red into the water!  This involves adding a few drops of red paint to the water tray  and some berry scented soap to stimulate their senses and make lots of bubbles too:)

Let’s make red rice and pasta!

Transfer, fill, empty and pretend cooking is always interesting, this week it was exciting discovering that rice and pasta can be red and a free messy play exploration.

 

Story time

On Thursday we went to the school’s library. Miss Whiteley read to us  “Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf”, a variation of the classic children’s fairy tale. The children enjoyed identifying any red element through the colourful pages of the story.

Snack time

We have offered the children strawberries, peppers and tomatoes in different days for snack. One of them was more successful than the others… Can you guess which one?

But the best for the end our very exciting Wear Red Day this Friday. Thank you to all the parents who helps us make this day remarkable by dressing their children according to the theme.

It is even more fun if we all take refuge under our big red “shelter”:

Looking forward to continue our colour exploration next week, BLUE will be the focus of our next activities.

 

Trains and Planes

This week in the 2yr Old nursery we continued with the transport theme from last week, with the focus on trains and planes!
We had lots of fun with our very own train made from crates. The children enjoyed being passengers, train drivers and ticket inspectors.

Our big red bus from last week has provided us with lots of fun this week too.   We turned it into a train, a plane and the children also enjoyed playing the three little pigs with Mrs Akoto.

The children went out to the outdoor classroom in the main school grounds to spot planes. They pretended to be planes by spreading their arms out like wings and moved around.  They also saw plane trails in the sky and lots of birds too. They then went for a walk on the school field and continued to swoosh around like planes high in the sky.

The children also had plenty of fun practicing their hand and eye co-ordination through painting, collage and making marks with felt pens.  The children were encouraged to identify the colours and to take turns.

Some of the children also explored the sensory tray with veggie jelly in. It was a different texture to our usual water tray, it was cold, squidgy and wobbly. Some of the children were not too keen on this but the most adventurous enjoyed pulling it apart with diggers, driving cars through it and using their hands to spread it around. Overall we’ve had lots of fun learning about different types of transport these past 2 weeks!

Have a great half term holiday and we’ll see you all back at nursery on Monday 5th November.

 

 

Transport!

This week our theme has been transport in the 2 Year Old Nursery. We have used a large cardboard box to help us make a big red bus for our children to play in. On Monday our children painted the cardboard box red. Miss Whitaker also cut out four wheels for the children to paint black, and we made two window wipers for our bus and two yellow headlights to enable the bus driver to see where he or she is going. The children really enjoyed singing ‘the wheels on the bus’ whilst they sat inside the bus.

Mrs Bah encouraged several children to cut and stick images of cars and buses on on to a picture of a road. This allowed our children to focus on their fine motor skills.

We filled our water trough with porridge oats and a selection of diggers instead of water this week. Our children scooped, lifted and poured the oats from one pile on to another.

Our children particularly enjoyed running the trains, cars and diggers through the paint and on to paper to see what kind of tracks our vehicles left.

We also wished Kaylee-Ann a very Happy Birthday! Have a lovely weekend celebrating!

Autumn is here

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to really use nature to promote the development of children.

The leaves changing and falling off trees, conkers, acorns and pine cones are all very noticeable changes. That’s why we decided to use all this autumn elements to offer different learning opportunities to our 2yo. Our autumn activities this week were:

Nature Hunt and play with your findings. We went out (not too far, just the big schoolyard) and we walked around the trees picking up autumn treasures!

Sensory trays : with autumn leaves, pine cones, sticks and twigs indoors we made a lovely sensory tray and an exploration table, just using the natural resources.

Play dough and autumn resources: Orange play dough and plenty of conkers, sticks and leaves to: “squeeze,” “roll,” “smash,”  “put in” and “take out.”

Leaf Sticking: there are many wonderful things that can be created by sticking leaves!

Colour exploration – Mix colours,talk about colours and make pictures with autumn colours and leaves or pine cones as tools.

 

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