Happy Bunnies team is wishing you a very Merry, Jolly and Happy Christmas! We had so much fun with your babies during our Christmas parties, we hope you can enjoy your time with your families and friends. We will see you again this Wednesday December 27th.
Autumn is well and truly here and with it come the beautiful colours and textures for us all to explore.
We have been out collecting leaves for displays and there are conker monsters in jungle room, spider webs in castle and leaves to explore in baby room. Babies have enjoyed looking at their faces in the mirrors this week . the tuft tray was put in the middle of the room and filled with baby mirrors and some of the babies immediately went to it and sat in it looking in the mirrors while others watched. Some of the babies were able to name some of their features.They also enjoyed mark making in a tray where they were mark making with chalk and started to make marks in the tray then sat on the marks so that they disappeared. Jungle room have been re-enacting the owl babies story with owl toys which led to them going on the leaf hunt , making conker monsters and the start of their autumn display which consists of making trees with finger painting and potato leaf prints. They also played with gloop and experimented with it by adding various other ingredients such as strawberry jelly which turned it pink, paint to change the colour and glitter to make it sparkly. So I apologise if all your children went home looking like sparkly fairies! But then it is nearly Christmas so only to be expected. They have been enjoying physical activities with the parachute and the balls and extending their memory with our jungle memory bingo game and shape cards. Castle have been continuing the theme of autumn, they have made a giant spiders web for their classroom and there are coloured spiders on it to make a counting game. They have been doing conker threading and their discovery tray has been full of leaves acorns and big logs for them to look at through our magnifying glasses, cotton bud trees and fairies made of leaves. They have also been looking at the differences between food and food tasting to find out their favourite food and have done a map with their favourite things to do with their families, their favourite books, music and making fruit smoothies with their favourite fruits.
There is a lot of excitement going on around the nursery this week. We have been preparing for our summer fete where we will have lots of fun activities and prizes as well as a bouncy castle and our leavers have been practising hard for their performance in front of their parents and they can also have their picture taken to remind them of their graduation day and their time with us here.
We will miss them and wish them all the best in the future. Pre-school have also been busy preparing for their sports day and after an afternoon of races will be looking forward to our picnic. Our garden is being renovated this summer and work will be starting in a couple of weeks which is all very exciting and the money raised from our fete will go towards the garden.
Also we have been nominated for the national nursery recognition awards which is amazing and would like to thank whoever nominated us.
Castle room did an amazing child led activity this week, a child was sitting with a group of children pretending to read the news so they all made a television out of cardboard and the child sat at a table behind the cut out tv and they all made their own programmes and presented them on their own tv channel.
Babies have been cooling down with ice cubes in their foam that they enjoyed watching melt and exploring the different consistencies. As well as lots of bubbles water play in the garden and experimenting with the small world animals in the jelly, nice and sticky! Jungle have been continuing their colour theme and making a display and learning the story of the rainbow fish.
Jungle Jungle have been colour mixing using the colour red. They have been making red collage out of red feathers and sensory play was red rice and they were mark making with red paint. They have a new song board up in jungle where the children can choose a picture that represents a song which is then put on the board and the children can sing and sign it with their friends. The board also has the days of the week on it and the weather which they have been talking about the importance of wearing sun tan lotion to stop their skin going red and getting sore and the importance of wearing a hat in the sun and drinking plenty. Castle Many of castles children will be going to school in September so they are going to the doctors to have their pre-school jabs so they have had the doctors in the role play area and have enjoyed acting out their pre-school checks. The stethoscope seems to be a particular favourite and the children can be found in the role play area taking turns to be doctor. They have also been making flags of different countries with potato print as many of them are interested in the football at the moment and many of them are coming in in football shirts and that's just the parents! Baby room Babies experimented this week with frozen foam which to everybodys amazement turned into icicle shapes when frozen this was combined with normal foam so that the babies could feel the difference in texture and watch the frozen foam melt. They also had toy animals in wet sand which the babies found fascinating to touch although one of the babies touched it and brushed their hands off quickly.
So we returned from our holiday break to tadpoles that have turned into cute baby frogs and caterpillars that have turned into beautiful butterflies.
Baby room have been making the most of the weather and did a sensory walk in the garden. This consisted of trays with cornflour,soil, sand , shredded paper and water for them to walk in. They showed various degrees of interest and one baby explored them all with their hands instead of their feet and another child took a piece of shredded paper and started to twirl it around their hair like a ribbon.
They continued the sensory theme in their treasure bags with different textures for them to feel such as scourers and hay, things they probably would not usually come across.
They continue to learn their body parts and their particular favourite song at the moment is head shoulders knees and toes. In addition to this they made a teddy bears picnic for all the teddies in baby room.
Jungle room had baby frogs jumping around and we nearly had a few escapees! And their caterpillars have turned into butterflies and flown to freedom. They have planted marigolds and sweet peas and made daffodils for their garden display with cake cases and next to these they have hung weather hangers made out of paper plates that depict sunshine, clouds and rainbows. This week they have been exploring colours and this week it was green, they have been playing with green playdough, eating green food and making a green collage and learning about colour mixing as well as searching the room for green toys.
Castle room have been learning about birds and made some lovely bird seed hangers for the garden. They have watched their butterflies grow and let them go and their froglets have gone to a local pond. They have made beautiful paper plate owls and a maths game where they look at the number on the owl and match the same number of feathers on it which they had great fun blowing the feathers off afterwards and starting again. They also enjoyed mark making in a tray of bird seed tracing pictures and letters with their fingers and various tools. However their favourite activity at the moment is the hairdressers in the home corner which we have kept out since the royal wedding week as they love it so much and you will be amazed to see the the array of clips and hair slides they manage to get in the staffs hair! And quote of the week has to be a pre-schooler that called me from the toilet saying the toilet was talking to him and when I went in there it was his friend in the cubicle two doors down calling his name! Priceless!
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Babies have been exploring spaces this week by crawling through tunnels and playing peek a boo in the tent with each other and their key people. They were using the soft play to access the the tents and stepping on spaced apart cushions around the room like stepping stones. The home corner has been a big hit this week I keep getting offered pretend cups of tea where they have been in the home corner doing early role play however their favourite game at the moment seems to be taking things in and out of the cupboards in the pretend kitchen.
I spent some time in there this week with a baby who to my amazement started to name the colours of the rings I was spinning while she watched avidly poised waiting for the right moment to put her hand out to stop it handing it to me again and saying, "ready steady go anticipating" when I would start it moving again so that she could repeat the whole process.
Jungle have been burying treasure in the soil for the children to dig up and explore, they started with seeds that they had to sieve out and ended with carrots and potatos so that they could see where they come from originally. The children loved this activity and enjoyed their own little piece of allotment in their classroom to tend. They also had fun with fork painting to make beautiful coloured tulips for their garden display and to add texture the soil on the display was actually a mixture of brown paint and soil which they enjoyed experimenting with and looks very effective.
Castle turned their home corner into an actual castle with play food fit for a banquet. They told me they thought the castle belonged to the BFG as the there was so much food . They learned about St.Georges day and made their own shields to celebrate. They also explored their emotions and what makes them happy and sad using puppets and potato heads to make faces of how they feel and it seems they are most of them are happy when they go to a soft play area or the park. Our tadpoles have become froglets and have tiny legs growing which is fascinating the children as they still have tails but they can also see that they are starting to resemble frogs. Our caterpillars have now turned to chrysalis and we all waiting for them to turn into beautiful butterflies. We will keep you posted. Also one of our children that is interested in dinosaurs came in this morning asking to find out how fast his Brachiasauras could run! Richard ,never to be one to be defeated ,said "that's a good idea we will do an experiment to find out later". Well I have to admit to being beyond curious so I stayed to watch while he tied a piece of string from the ceiling to make a slope attached the dinosaur and balloon and the children counted while the balloon deflated and shot the dinosaur down the string! Genius! And the child got his answer.