The centre will close today at 1.00pm and will reopen on Wednesday 5 January 2022 to all children. The staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year.
See you all in 2022.
Please remember that the access link to the Christmas Concerts will be removed tomorrow at 1pm so this is your last chance to view them! Thank you again for coming and joining in, we are still singing the songs in over and over in our heads!
Well the children had a relaxed day in their pyjamas and got comfy with cushions and blankets ready to watch a show. They also enjoyed popcorn as a special treat. Merry Christmas!
Today the children had great fun in the garden. They set up the guttering on our new stands and loved rolling balls of different sizes down the slopes. The aim was to catch the balls in the basket at the bottom!
The children showed great problem solving skills whilst developing their gross motor skills stretching, reaching and chasing the balls. They were very excited when the balls landed in the basket.
Before home time the children enjoyed having fun out on the bikes. They loved zooming around the garden and were very excited that it was getting dark! This further develops their gross motor skills, balance and coordination.
Lots of fun and fresh air today and the children showed great teamwork and amazing turn taking in the garden!
The children were amazing today performing for the parents and family members who had come along to watch in our garden.
We loved having the ponies, Annabelle and Eddie to join us.
The children got the chance to feed them and their favourite snack is carrots.
The children give us year-round joy and it was so lovely to have our parents and families here with us today to share in that joy.
This morning the children were making chocolate cookies with the play dough. They have been showing an interest in role play, so this lead us to a discussion about different senses we could explore .
The children used their sense of smell to test and compare the various flavours. We tested cocoa powder, peppermint, salted caramel, ginger, orange and lemon.
Ginger – “gingerbread man , Nannas house”
Peppermint – “mint choc chip”
Cocoa powder – “Christmas pudding and cookies
The children then independently made their own playdough using their favourite scent.
The children then explored with their playdough and decided to make lots of different shaped cookies and candy canes for Santa. They used the home corner to put them in the oven to bake.
Today some of the children in the discovery room wanted to make an explosion. We decided to try and make one using lemons and tangerines. We placed the orange and tangerine onto a plate and then took the tops off and squished the insides of the fruit to bring out some of the juice. We then squeezed some washing up liquid into the juice and added some food colouring and a teaspoonful of baking soda. After we did this, we watched as the fruits exploded with colourful bubbles! It was so exciting!!
We talked about the science and how the experiment worked. Citrus fruit contains citric acid which has a chemical reaction when it mixes with the baking soda due to form carbon dioxide, which is a gas. Once the citric acid and the baking soda have neutralised each other the reaction stops and no more gas is made. The children had so many things to say about the experiment including:
“ I think the lemon has more citrus acid in it than the tangerine because the lemon has bigger bubbles”
“I want my explosion to be rainbow colours”” Look the blue and red has turned black”
“I need more baking powder I want a big explosion “ “ It feels slimy if you touch it” “The lemon smells nice”
We really enjoyed participating in this fun science activity.