Autumn and Bonfires!

Babies

We have been celebrating bonfire night and fireworks this week and for our baby room that involved some wonderful sensory experiences with brightly coloured paints and coloured lights.

They also continued with their autumn theme and hid pictures under leaves in trays for the babies to scrunch through and find and different sized pumpkins for them to explore introducing new words to describe the objects  and one of the babies decided to go one better and plonked themselves in the middle of the tray and scrunched the leaves up in their hands making full use of exploring this sensory experience. This also promotes relationships with their peers and one child showed when comforting a child that wasn’t so keen on the experience by saying ‘ its ok I’m here’ which brought a lump to all our throats!

So going back to the coloured lights the staff made a dark tent and shone different coloured lights onto the ceiling and walls which fascinated the babies and they were reaching out to touch the lights and some of them soon learned to find the button that turned them on and off on the baby nightlight.

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The children experimented with different coloured blobs of paint and used straws to blow the paint around the paper making a whooshing sound like fireworks. They then folded to the paper to make an explosion of colour.

They showed an interest in shape and space by making arrangements with objects and beginning to use the mathematical names for the shapes as they formed a picture .

Blobs of paint was added to gloop for messy play and the children had great fun swirling it around and mixing it up to create multi coloured patterns that looked like fireworks.

The children made their own giant collage on the wall with black paper and chalk and they were able to add what they wanted to it to create their own wall and they talked about fireworks and the safety of fireworks . They then hung coloured ribbons all around it to complete the wall in the role play area.

They made their own firework display out of pipe cleaners showing their imagination and creativity and sharing tools showing good relationships with their peers.

The children also made shaving foam pictures with blobs of paint in to help them explore art and design using different materials .

Lastly they made some poppy pictures out of handprints and sponge painting using red, black and green paint to experiment with and mix the colours.

Jungle

Jungle room have been concentrating on the beautiful story of stick man this week.  The children were asked to bring in twigs to make their own stick man and were told the story using props, which they loved.

They made their own stickman puppets using sticks and decorated them to take home so that they have their very own stick man.

The children did a puppet show with support of the staff using lolly sticks and pictures of the animals that helped the stick man find his way home which they loved joining in with , they also measured their sticks and put them in order of size with help.

The children absolutely love this book and it is a lovely heartwarming story to read to your children .

The children were able to make their own music to go with the story and some freestyle dancing was going on, they even made house for their stickmen and one child made him a bed out of a box.

 

 

Dancing Babies

Babies

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The babies have enjoyed lots of music and dancing this week. In fact so have I! We all had amazing fun dancing round the room with ribbons and scarves and at sleep time imagine our surprise when one of our babies started to do the actions and  sounds to the Agadoo song , in fact we were so surprised that we asked his parents at picking up time who weren’t surprised at all and said that mum dances to it round the kitchen at home which we thought was brilliant!

They had fun playing with cooked pasta and enjoyed squelching it between their fingers and mixing the different colours  between the bowls and learning to use their fingers to pull it apart.

There was also lots of role play going on with the dollies as babies, they were trying to dress them and put nappies on them and rock them to sleep mimicking the staff.

The signs of the week were please and thank you so if your babies look as if they are blowing kisses  at you they could be saying please or they could just be blowing kisses!

 

 

 

Jungle

 

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Jungle room has looked like just that this week they did mud painting which has formed the base for their investigation table which has acorns, moss, bark conkers and all things autumnal. The children loved exploring the different textures and smells and said the conker shells were ouchy!

They have made a beautiful tree display with handprint hedgehogs , leaf prints and conker rolling by mixing different shades of yellows, oranges and browns giving the room a warm welcoming feeling.

And it hasn’t stopped there if you look in the water tray you will find leaves and conkers there as well so they can experiment to see which sinks and floats which they found absolutely fascinating and enjoyed screwing up the soggy leaves in their hands and comparing the textures to the dry crispy leaves teaching them to understand the world around them.

 

 

Castle

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Continuing the autumn theme castle room have turned their whole room into an enchanted wood. The role play area is covered in leaves and twigs and pretend spider webs and pine cones not to mention acorns which we found a child carrying around in their sock as they didn’t want to relinquish them! They made sorting activities out of the various leaves and there is a leaf chart on the wall where they can match their leaves.

We made a train out of the chairs and sang a song of their choice at every station although they were happy just taking turns being the driver and making the engine noises faster and slower  using their arm movements to match the speed of the  train. They extended this activity themselves and went away to the drawing area and made tickets for the train and started to sell them to their friends for pretend money.

You may also be receiving a clay hedgehog  made by their own fair hands, they loved moulding the clay to make the shapes they wanted and then stuck a varied amount of small twigs to create the spikes, but I have to say they look amazing and you will receive them when they have dried.

You also might like to look at the family tree that is growing nicely at the back of the classroom with all your wonderful pictures on.

Until next week.

Superhero Autumn!

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Babies

Well this week I walked into babies and to my surprise they were all dressed up like miniature adults. They were in fact learning to dress and undress themselves only in their enthusiasm they had piled all the clothes on at once and I had trouble finding out who was underneath!

Another favourite game of theirs this week was playing peek a boo under a blanket where they all stood round waiting their turn and after a ready steady go prompt they hid under the blanket and pulled it off again laughing hysterically this was until one of the babies realised I was using their comforter and then I had to return it rather quickly and use one of our blankets instead.

They have been learning to kick a ball and I have found out they are very good at dribbling in more ways than one! One little girl let out shrieks of delight as she dribbled the small soft ball across the floor , sometimes it was more luck than judgement but she was absolutely thrilled.

As I mentioned last week  some of our babies were learning to walk up and down the steps in baby garden and guess what! This week two of our babies have mastered it. So to sum up if over the weekend your baby starts to dress up in your clothes or hides under the blanket you know who to blame!

 

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Jungle

As autumn has come among us we are teaching the children about the seasons and their changing environment and they have been collecting leaves and conkers and bark and made a show and tell table of them looking at the variation of colours and shapes. They then used these to do leaf painting and prints to decorate their classroom which is now looking very autumnal with rich beautiful colours.

One of our amazing grandads in jungle room made us a latches and catches  board which has light switches and real lights and all sorts of doors and fascinating gadgets on  and is really fun to learn about technology on. When it was installed the children all gathered round  and pulled and pressed and explored the board and were particularly impressed with the on and off light switch as was I , I have to say! Thank you grandad.

Our toddlers have also been practising being budding architects and engineers by making wonderful creations out of boxes. These can be seen on display outside jungle room. The children had greatb fun learning to put the boxes together and decorate them in colours of their choice, they really are a sight to be beheld. When talking about their creations we found out that one was  a castle, another one was a car , but my favourite comment was ‘ I’m making boxes’! Brilliant, and so was the model that she had made.

 

Snail

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You may have noticed castle room has followed the childrens interests of superhero play this week . Even the home corner was turned in to a superhero headquarters and to get to it they had to climb through spider webs made of string and try not to touch the string. This really captured the children’s imagination and soon we had children coming in dressed as superheros , play dough made of superhero colours which I’ve been reliably informed by a pre-schooler are red, blue and green apparently, they even made their own superhero characters and hid them in the sand and then challenged each other to find them and then measure them using number blocks.

And finally the giant snail was named ! I had the  great privilege of being invited to pick the name out of a bowl complete with drumroll and the name that was picked was Richard! So now we have two Richards in Castle room so I think we will have to shorten it to Ricki! The snail that is not the member of staff! Talking of the member of staff he has created  a water wall outside which is taking shape  nicely and is the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful outdoor project

The sign of the week was stop this week so apologies again if your little ones practice this all weekend .

 

 

Ice Creams and Lollies

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Babies

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Snowman in September!

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