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

 

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.

 

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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