This week the toddlers have been finding out all about Australia. They discussed the animals that live there, what these animals eat and how they move around. The children particularly enjoyed being kangaroos! We got creative by designing our own aboriginal dot paintings. The children used small round sponges and many different colours of paint. The pictures were very effective and created an opportunity to talk about patterns with the children.
The children also enjoyed getting out into the garden and collecting the hail that had fallen. They gathered it into a tray, mixed it with blue paint creating an outdoor home for our penguins! The children enjoyed seeing their footprints in the snow and working out whose was the biggest! We had great fun catching the hail stones as they fell!
The children have enjoyed reading our Gigantosaurus book. We discussed where dinosaurs might live and what they might eat? The children excitedly suggested we build a world for our dinosaurs in our garden! We set off round the garden to look for some rocks, sticks and leaves for our world. The children suggested we have some sand for the dinosaurs to play in, just like our sandpit in the garden. Of course, our dinosaurs needed a bath to have a wash in because they would be dirty from playing in the sand! We had lots of fun building our dinosaur world and playing with our dinosaurs. Doesn’t it look amazing!
Today in the discovery room, the children have been exploring shapes in the loose parts and numeracy area. Our learning intention is to be able to identify 2D and some 3D shapes and construct models using them.
The children have particularly shown interest in our magnetic shapes using them to construct their own 3D models and have also took an interest in using loose parts to follow the outline of our large shapes and beginning to identify them.
Today the toddlers were talking about Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed looking at pictures of the decorated dragons in China. We chatted about the different colours and shapes we could see. The children wanted to make dragons. They had fun getting creative making their own unique dragons! They glued strips of tissue paper and feathers onto halved paper plates. We stuck straws on the back for the children to move their dragons around the room like they do in China. Great dragons toddlers!
It’s Stay and Play time next week and we are looking forward to welcoming our parents, carers and family members to play, have fun and learn alongside their child.
We have a variety of learning experiences planned which will take place at 9am and 3pm each day from Monday 27th January to Friday 31st January. However, if you cannot make these times you are very welcome to stay and play with your child at any time during the week from 8am to 6pm.
The children and staff are looking forward to sharing their learning through play with you so please come along!
The children have been exploring the story “Owl babies” throughout the family center this week. Today the children choice to extend their learning through creating their own owl babies using clay and loose parts of their choice. The children used their imagination and new knowledge of owls to create their beautiful models which are now on display at the entrance to the 3-5 room.
‘Owl Babies’ is a story written and illustrated by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.
Our children have given their opinion on what the story is about ;-
“The story is about owls, the mummy owl went to get food, the baby owl got sad. Mummy owl comes back at the end” – E. M
“The owls waited for their mummy” – S.S
”The baby owls, their mum and dad was gone”N.R
“The owls were sad because their mummy was lost” N.D
After reading the story the children and I started to look up some interesting facts about Owls, did you know ;-
There are around 200 different owl species.
Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
A group of owls is called a parliament.
Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.
Some owl species hunt fish.
The children asked a very interesting question, “Do owls live in nests or holes in trees?” The answer is Both !!
We collected some resources from around the nursery that we could use to make nests.
It’s having a drink.
Some children were interested in drawing some pictures of the owls. We did this and had a range of unique owls, some rainbows and some pink ones and also some yellow. The children had great pleasure in displaying their work.
To add challenge to this experience some children starting to copy some of the key words from the story. The children concentrated well during this experience.