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Summer is Here – Summer Fete Invitation!

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.

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Getting Ready for Big School

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.

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Tadpoles and Butterflies – Fun Week at Happy Bunnies

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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Colours of Spring!

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.

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Spring is Here!

We have been embracing spring this month and every room is planting or growing something! We also had a very special visitor come in and help the children to plant marigolds for charity and she will be returning sometime this month to give out certificates to the children for helping and seeing how they have grown.

Jungle

The children have been planting sunflowers and green beans and are impatient to watch them grow , so while they are waiting for this miracle to show itself from the soil they have been making their own. They made tissue paper tulips which are all the colours of the rainbow and look gorgeous and the children enjoyed extending their small motor skills by tearing and scrunching up the paper to stick on to their masterpiece. They have also made sunflowers from paper by sticking real sunflower seeds on them for texture and to make them look more realistic while waiting for them to grow. They talk about them and water them and watch with baited breath for the first tiny shoot. We also have a new addition to the classrooms, a tank full of tadpoles which again the children are watching avidly for any change and are fascinated by and we will keep you posted of their progress.

Castle They are learning about lifecycles and as well as tadpoles they have caterpillars which the children are waiting to turn into painted lady butterflies and they have named them, Daniel, Ice cream , Bob, Rose and Jessica! Unfortunately they can not name all the tadpoles as there are far too many of them. However I have been assured that every child in the room now knows the lifecycle of a caterpillar and when I tested that theory they were able to tell me that the caterpillar eats a lot and then falls asleep in a cocoon for 2 weeks and comes out a butterfly. While they wait patiently for the caterpillars to change they have been making their own using paper loops , threading pasta and using cups to print circle caterpillars. The home corner has been turned into a potion shop with various coloured water for mixing and and putting in bottles for them to shake up and change the colour and lots of ingredients to put in themselves and stir. Babies The babies have been having fun with puppets this week and using them as props for their song box. They have used the kitchen toys in the sand to pour and experiment with as well as multi-coloured rice which they could use to sieve and shake enjoying the noise it made and exploring the texture. Also as the weather has been lovely for a change! We have spent some time in the garden washing the dollies and other types of water play. Shaving foam play has been a big hit again with both the children and the staff! And they have made their own play dough to squidge and mould as well as using their balancing skills to build with small blocks.

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Space and Planets are Always Fun!

Space and Planets

Jungle have been exploring space this week which was child led by one of the children that visited the planetarium at the weekend and to my amazement was able to show me all the planets and name them and told me we live on the green bit on earth! From this they started to make paper mache planet which the children enjoyed getting messy with and then painting them spectacular colours. They made plate moons and paper rockets and made a tall rocket out of junk modelling which can be seen on display in the corridor as can the stars with the childrens faces on. They made alien handprints and moon sand with foil moon rocks to extend their messy play and enjoyed the Alien green jelly with googly eyes in so much that they are making it again this week accompanied with the songs zoom zoom zoom and 5 little spacemen.

While jungle have been exploring space Pre-school have been exploring healthy eating, one of my favourite activities was frozen peas in water, the children were able to watch them melt and once melted able to squish them and mould them in their hands. They have been learning about the hungry caterpillar and to extend their learning we have bought a butterfly garden so that they can watch the lifecycle of a butterfly themselves. They also made a huge caterpillar out of paper plates and they extended it to a maths activity by naming the plates with the days of the week and matching the caterpillars food to each plate according to the book finally joining all the plates together to make a huge caterpillar and counting the amount of food on each plate on each day. They learned about healthy food and matched the colours to the fruit and learned about foods that are good and bad for our teeth. Babies have been dancing today for sports relief. Exploring sensory Easter basket with different textures, song box, using dressing up clothes to practice with. They also made bunny photo frames out of paper plates and put their faces through the hole in the middle.

Next week is Easter and we will be doing lots of fun activities to celebrate.

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