Exploring Autumn

Children love a good treasure hunt and exploring and learning about nature in Autumn. It is a wonderful season for discovering and a great For the children to connect to their natural environment and recognize the significant changes that can come about from one season to the next. We made a wonderful sensory bin full of pieces we found while on a nature hunt.

Playing and creating with autumn treasures, children can learn all about:

  • variety of Autumn colours
  • variety of leaves (shape and size)
  • grouping elements

Autumn colours

But this week, children enjoyed too role-playing outside. Some became firefighters putting out fires. Others got on the magnificent bus created by Mrs Bah and following Mrs Akoto everyone sang “The wheels on the bus” while Harja took us on a ride!

Have a lovely break everyone! See you on November 4th.

I can…

What children can do is the starting point of a child’s education:

And we all can join in with some words and actions when we sing our favourite songs at the end of the session:

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Back to Nursery and “Settling in”

Once upon a time there were 11 little children called Adam, Ama, Arro, Evan,Fateh, Isla,Kye, Logan, Millie, Neela and Nivan. They began going to visit a special place called Allerton CE 2 YO Nursery. Everyday their mummy, daddy o carer would drop them off to play with some friends and come back later to collect them.This is their first week in some pictures:

  In this Nursery, there other 10 children who loved role-playing, creating, building, singing and playing inside and outdoors.

Together with their teachers, this 21 children will live many exciting adventures in the weeks and months to come. Keep tuned!

To be continued…

Balloons !!!!

It’s surprising how much you can do with a balloon! We explored activities ranging from sports, painting and messy-play to the science of blowing up a balloon.

Exploring balloons

We filled some balloons with water and put them in the freezer to make ‘ice balloons’. Once the water was frozen, we cut the rubber off. We let the ice develop a layer of melt-water over the surface and encourage the children to explore the ice balloons.They could compare a water balloon and an ice balloon.

Painting with Balloon

This is a great activity for kids to explore creatively and imaginatively as they create freely using simple props in an open-ended way. It also makes a great sensory activity as children use their hands to manipulate the paint and balloons to create patterns and prints onto paper.

Papier-Mâché Balloons

They covered the balloon all over with papier-mâché, when all your layers are dry we’ll burst the balloon and you’re left with a terrific balloon shape to decorate our display. It might be messy, but they had a lovely time!

Balloon Tennis

Balloon tennis is a fun indoor exercise game designed to help kids practice hand-eye coordination. This is a simple yet fun activity that  brought out the tennis star in our two years old!

Balloon Basketball

A fun game of basketball but using a balloon as the basketball and a hula hoop as a basketball hoop.

 

Our Flower Bed

It is stimulating our two years old senses: it is a visual explosion of colours tones and shades; feeling the texture of the soil or the plant leaves is also interesting, as is the smell of the fresh garden and its plants. Mrs Bah is taking care of our flower bed and children come around to help her very often.

Flynn’s Birthday!

Tomorrow Flynn will turn 3 but he was happy to celebrate with us today. His mummy brought a delicious cake and we all sang “Happy Birthday” to him. We all wish you a lovely birthday Flynn!

Special costume : Arvin was exited to show all the children and teachers his Turkish outfit. It was a gift from a friend and he was determined to wear it at least for the beginning of the session 🙂

And we just finished our week having fun popping some bubbles!

 

 

 

Minibeasts

This is the perfect project for Spring! Looking at minibeasts provides opportunities to learn about how we care for other creatures and for our environment, as well as plenty of counting, minibeasts stories and rhymes, etc.
Coats on and let’s explore!
They used their visual sense and intuition to look for bugs in our school’s mini woodland.

We were lucky enough to find a snail, they collected some grass and we made a special house for Sammy the Snail, he stayed with us the whole session before we release him. 🙂

Minibeasts small world and lots of worms in our messy area.

In creative:

Making spiderwebs. Following a new approach Mrs Akoto left the crafting materials on the table with a big inspirational picture in the middle. Some children by their own initiative used glue sticks and pieces of cotton balls to create.

Decorating our own ladybird. They created and also had the opportunity to make choices of colours. Children worked their counting skills, they were encouraged to count the number of dots.

And Bug tracks on paper. They chose form a variety of minibeasts and dipped them in paint to see what kind of trace do they leave when they “get around” on the paper.

Spin art: making worms out of some brown paint and the magical salad spinner… They developed their hand/arm coordination and had lots of fun watching it spin round and around.

Drawing bugs: with some pictures as an inspiration the children spend a lovely morning producing their own felt tip pieces of art.

In small group time we enjoyed singing “Incy Wincy Spider”and  listening to “The very hungry caterpillar” story.

This week we have been able to verify the progress that our 2YO have made in climbing and gross motor skills since we enjoy our brand new playground. The children love the new outside area and parents will be invited soon to stay and play with them 🙂

And because we have a new garden and Spring is the perfect time for gardening, Mrs Bah and some little helpers worked hard to fill one of our square planters pots with flowers, aromatic plants and vegetables: It looks amazing!

This led to the founding of a lot of real worms that were brought in the room so all the children could observe them, touch them and explore them.

We wish you all a lovely weekend and a nice Bank Holiday. See you all on Tuesday!

 

FIVE SENSES (Science Week)

SMELL: What did it smell like?
As children are exposed to different smells, they learn more about our environment. They will be able to distinguish between good and bad smells, comfortable and uncomfortable smells.

TOUCH : How did it feel?
Most touch activities involved the hands. Engaging their hands builds their fine motor skills, helping them learn how to do more for themselves, such as drawing and buttoning their coats.We focused on expanding their vocabulary helping them to describe what their were feeling.

SOUND: What noises did you hear?
Indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities for children to engage their listening skills. We played an sound bingo.

TASTE: Did you like the taste?
Many events in a child’s life involve food. Sense of taste activities teach children that the sense of taste and smell are connected. We offered them 7 different foods to taste and their showed their likes and dislikes mainly with their facial expressions!

SIGHT: What is it you saw?
Sense of sight activities helps children learn about their eyes as they explore the world around them. We went for a walk to play “I spy” and in our room they experienced how the world looks like through coloured glasses.

In creative this week they explored their touch creating some textured collages, they talked about the flowers’ smell colouring a pot and adding flowers to it and at the end of the week they worked about face parts recognition and the sense linked to them.

We also have enjoyed exploring the new cars we received this week. It was fun to play with them in the different circuits created with some black paper and chalk…

Enjoy your weekend and see you next week with some more fun activities and a lot of role-playing 😉

Bye, bye!

 

SHAPES !

We have been back for two weeks and our 2 YO are keen to learn, explore and create as always. This week we talked about circles, triangles, squares and much more.

ART and shapes
Making pictures, creating collages pictures or sponge stamping: all of them are useful contexts for recognising and describing shapes

SORTING shapes
With jigsaws or playing in small groups to feed Robbie the Robot, this week he was hungry and felt like eating shapes…

Building 3D CREATIONS with squares.

PANCAKE DAY
Mrs Akoto brought all the ingredients to make pancakes, she had a lot of little helpers and we enjoyed some pancakes for snack time.

Even though Mrs Akoto cooked the pancakes for us, but some children were able to practice tossing them in our home corner.

WORLD BOOK DAY
We celebrated World Book Day reading and sharing some new stories with the children.

The rain was present for most of the week but our 2YO always enjoy their time outside.

We don’t want to say goodbye without wishing Mason a very Happy Birthday! Thank you for the cake, we had fun celebrating with you.

More Farm Animals

This week we decided to extended the Farm Animals theme by introducing our feathery friends to the children: chickens, chicks, ducks and ducklings.
To introduce the subject we stimulated our children’s curiosity mainly through the senses.

SENSORY ACTIVITIES (touch)

Feathers
One day we set up a table with feathers and some duck and chicks toys. We encouraged the children to touch and feel the feathers. We talked about real life animals and most importantly: we let the feathers fly throwing them or blowing them!

  

Lambswool
Last Wednesday we gather several pictures illustrating different sheep and lambs. We looked at the pictures and helped children notice how they have a special wool. We encouraged children to touch the fake lambswool (cotton wool) to help them understand. Some of them decided to go further in the experience and created their own lamb using paper, cotton wool, glue and paper eyes.

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES
We had farm animal puzzles on our tables; we played association games which encourage children to match baby animals and their mothers (chick/hen;…).

FINGER GYM and COORDINATION

They had also had some threading, play dough,  and farm problem-solve puzzles for their to explore. But the messy “gloop” was the more interesting by far: sticky, fun to mix with food colouring to create new colours and the wooden spoons were perfect to help them make same marks and patterns.

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES
Because we love singing, we had time every day to sing with the children 5 little ducks, Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Bumping tractor. Playing in our small world animal farm we could ask children to think about what animals need or eat.
And we discussed images of animals and their babies; how are they different/alike?

Other ARTS & CRAFTS: Exploring with ice paints
It was lots of fun watching the 2 years old use the ice paints. They did lots of different pictures and enjoyed the whole process as much as the end product.
Also, using the stick required lots of great use of their fine motor skills
they could be as creative as they liked and sensory awareness was high.

BUILDING BLOCKS
We have noticed these last two weeks that our children are engaging more than ever in our building area, they are developing their imagination building animal shelters with big wooden blocks; some of them are experiencing a sense of achievement as they “have a go” and create their unique towers; and most importantly, several children have started to build together: they take turns, share materials and cooperate with others, forging new friendships.

LITTLE FARMERS

Our new 2 years old are enjoying their new setting so far. We found out that feeding the chickens is one of their favourite activities of the day so far! 🙂

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