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Celebrating Scotland!!

With St Andrews day fast approaching the children in the toddler room are continuing to celebrate all things Scottish! They are enjoying singing Scottish songs and listening to Scottish music.

Today we were talking about the Scottish flag and what colours it is made up of.  Inspiring the children to make blue play dough which they then used to create their own Scotland flag!

We were also discussing tartan, which the children knew was used to make Scottish kilts.  The children created their own tartan patterns using shower puffs dipped in paint to make colourful backgrounds and then they then used toy cars dipped in paint to create the lines. The children created very effective tartan prints and had great messy fun!! They are going to stick their tartans together to create one big kilt when they are dry!

Book Week Scotland

This week the toddlers have been celebrating Book Week Scotland. They have enjoyed singing and dancing to Scottish songs whilst focusing their activities on a book they chose called ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’!

The children found the story very funny and it created great discussion about all the animals the little girl swallowed! The children noticed the animals were getting bigger each time she ate and enjoyed holding up pictures of each animal as they were mentioned in the story. The children wanted to make green play dough to match the little girls jumper!

They then cut out little figures and using different materials added the midgies in her tummy!! Next, as a sensory experience the children made porridge, adding mixed fruit as the midgies, which they had fun mixing and playing with. This book has proven to be a real favourite in the toddler room.

 

Apple printing!

The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.

Fun in the sun exploring our new garden!

The toddlers have been very busy in the nice weather making changes to our outdoor space. They are absolutely loving our new water feature wall which gives them lots of early numeracy experiences as they pour and fill  whilst playing with water.

We also have new storage for the children’s wellies and they are developing their coordination and independence skills by attempting to put their shoes and wellies on themselves! They are very proud when they manage to do it!

They enjoyed the freedom of painting outdoors and playing in the purple sand. The children have also loved exploring othe new dinosaur kingdom.  One of our toddlers was delighted to find a snail and make a little house for it from grass and leaves.

We are looking forward to some more great changes coming to our toddler garden soon!!

Fun fruit kebabs!

The toddlers were having great fun at the snack table today. They were choosing which fruit they wanted to put on their own fruit kebab! This was enabling them to develop their fine motor skills whilst enjoying a yummy snack. Some of the children were making a pattern on their stick and others were making theirs colourful. They were counting the fruit as they added it. All the children loved eating them! YUM!!

Sticky Shapes

Today in the toddler room the children were making sticky pictures with glue and different coloured shapes. This gave them the opportunity to explore different shapes and discuss how many sides each shape has. The children were thinking about what they could use the shapes for in their pictures and of course enjoyed getting sticky fingers from the glue!

”Mine has a big funny nose!”

”Mind has small legs!”

 

Baking with yummy honey!!

Today the  toddlers were busy making cereal cakes. They measured and mixed together the rice snaps, cornflakes and dried fruit. Then they added the fun ingredient! The sticky, runny honey!! We talked about how  bees made honey and tried to spot some bees in the garden whilst buzzing around!!   The children were excited to take their cakes home – YUMMY!!!

Messy painting with bubble wrap!

Today the toddlers were excited to finish creating their very own cherry blossom tree, just like the one in our garden. They had some sensory fun with bubble wrap before dipping it in pink paint and printing with it onto our tree! This made fantastic blossoms on top of our hand painted leaves! Take a look below at our finished tree! Everyone was very proud!

”Wow, it’s bigger than me!!”