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.


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!


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.

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


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.

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.

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.


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:


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.