In both the morning and afternoon nursery, we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog. The boys and girls have been creating pictures of each stage in the cycle so they can make a display. They have been bubble wrap printing to make the eggs, sticking and gluing to make some tadpoles, vegetable and finger painting to create out frog-lets and they also drew some frogs! They have done a super job!
Over the past few weeks we have been having a wonderful time doing messy play and den building in nursery.
Have a look at our gallery to see all the exciting things we have been doing recently.
We have made a huge den that took up most of the nursery space and we all hid inside, it even had bedrooms. We have been making potions and cutting up fruit and vegetables and using juicers to see what amazing concoctions we can make. We have been playing farms and pretending to be diggers on our tuff tray. We have also been making cars from buttons and corks and then racing them down the pipe to see how far they can travel.
It has been such a busy few weeks but we have had a great time learning.
The nursery have been so busy baking over the past two weeks. Both classes have been voting to see what they wanted to bake. Last week the vote was for rock cakes or scones and this week was banana muffins or blueberry muffins.
The children are using math to measure the ingredients. They then need to use their hand eye coordination to mix the ingredients together. Breaking the eggs is also a tough job which takes fine motor skills and strength.
The baked goods have been making the whole school smell lovely as they cook. Thankfully the children made sure there was one for each nursery teacher too and an extra one for Mrs Douglas.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/rock_cakes_03094 is the recipe we used for the delicious rock cakes.
This is the recipe the morning nursery used for their blueberry muffins. ( You can swap out the flour for gluten free and it works too.)
195 grams all-purpose flour
150 grams caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
80g melted butter, we used vegan flora
1 large egg or egg replacement
(80 ml – 120 ml) milk; dairy and non-dairy both work
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup of fresh blueberries
Just mix all together in a bowl and cook in muffin cases for 15 mins at 180 degrees.
If you do any baking please do share. We love seeing what you can make at home.
The weather yesterday was lovely so we spent most of our time enjoying the sunshine. We have been exploring mathematical terms in the mud kitchen. Measuring and pouring coloured water and mixing it to produce a new colour. We have also been working on rolling the playdough into balls and rolling it out using a rolling pin. We have enjoyed playing with a playhouse and also building sandcastles.
In the afternoon nursery we have been really busy working on lots of fun activities this week. We have been learning about airplanes and making paper planes. We have then been using our measuring stick to measure how far they have flown. We have also been using lots of mathematical skills, not just to measure distance but measuring out water in our mud kitchen. The children had great fun working with different coloured water and mixing them to make new colours. The children were using mathematical language to estimate how much water they had in their container, was it empty, half full or full. Could they share some with a friend? As you can see below, they worked together to solve problems, shared and supported each other, even working together to put the outdoor tap on as it can be tricky.
We have also been working on our fine motor skills and have been threading colourful pasta to make necklaces and working on our scissor skills.