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Happy Diwali🪔

Today in the toddler room we have been learning all about Diwali and how it’s celebrated, we watched a lovely story on the smart board and the children picked out their favourite patterns.

We then decided to create our own Diwali patterns with coloured rice, here are some of the children’s great work. We used different mark making utensils and our fingers to create these lovely Diwali inspired patterns.

We finished the day off listening to some Diwali music and dancing with our rainbow ribbons.

All things Autumn

Today in our toddler garden we have been super busy. The children have been very interested in pumpkins. Some of the children have been talking about seeing them in the shops, in their homes and within our nursery. So today we have came up with a brilliant idea to plant our very own pumpkin seeds.

“I have this big pumpkin at home, I made it into a ghost”

The children were very engaged today exploring the autumn provocation, filled with lots of loose parts and different sizes, colours and textures of pumpkins. The children were asking where pumpkins come from and why there are different colours, so this is where we got the idea to grow our own.

“we water them, they grow so big”

Here we are, super busy digging and planting the seeds, the children said that we must come out and water our seeds everyday to make them grow big.

Exploring shapes

Maths week in the toddlers has been great fun! We have been super busy. Today we focused on shapes.

The children were exploring common 2D shapes on the geoboard. They were able to confidently name the shapes and use their fine manipulative and problem solving skills to put the elastic bands around the nails to create their shapes.

The children had lots of fun learning and creating shapes. We decided to get creative and use shapes for printing!

From an early age, children notice different shapes, even if they don’t yet know that the shapes have names. Giving children lots of practice with shapes helps them solidify their understanding of the two-dimensional structures. That knowledge of shapes gives the young children an advantage in many areas of learning.

Autumn Soup!

We have been having great fun in our garden today, the children have been super busy playing together, cooking up a storm in our mud kitchen. We have some delicious soup made from a mixture of water, mud, acorns , grass and leaves.


“It needs to go in the oven, will be 5 minutes”

”Mix all together”

”Empty the mud in”

The mud kitchen is a very popular area in our garden, it is an exciting, messy and creative area to play. The children experience sensory and imaginative play as well as developing numeracy, science, interaction and communication skills. I wonder what they will make next time! 

Helicopter Stories

Today in the studio room and outdoors the children have been super creative, taking part in helicopter stories.  We sat down in a small group and went round the circle, allowing each child to have a go and share their brilliant stories. After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. We used materials to help us get in to character while we acted out some of the stories. The children had so much fun participating!

Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the adult. There are such great benefits, some being :

~Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life

~Creates confidence and self-assurance

~Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas

~Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience

~Facilitates high levels of engagement

Here are some of the children’s fantastic stories!

Making and creating music!

This week in the studio room the children have been super creative. They have shown an interest in our music area with all the different musical instruments there are. Some of the children asked if we would be able to create our very own! So that is exactly what we did, we decided on rainbow shakers. The children choose a variety of loose parts to put inside the bottles and then used their fine motor skills to get the string through the hole.

Fantastic work!

The children the next day were asking lots of questions on how to play the musical instruments. So we had a wee discussion and used the smart board to show examples of musical note sheets. They decided they’d like the make their own so we did!

 

Active April

It is active April this month and the boys and girls have had lots of fun today in our garden taking part in a variety of active experiences.

We have been having lots of fun on the obstacle course that the boys and girls built.


“I am good at balancing”

Then we had a game of hopscotch

We played a throwing and catching game

“I threw the ball so high”

”I caught it”

Then we had lots of fun hopping, jumping, skipping and running in the garden, super good listening skills and brilliant at following instructions.

Let’s make banjos!

Today the children were super creative and made their very own banjos!

We gathered all the resources needed and got started. Music ignites all areas of child development so why not create our own musical instruments to play.

First we glued the lollipop sticks together then coloured and decorated them.

“I’m going to make it a rainbow”

Then we painted the lids

“I’ve painted it my favourite colour”

Lastly we used elastic bands to put around the lids.

“It’s tricky”

The children’s end product! Fantastic!

”this sounds cool”

There are many benefits to making your own musical instruments, some of them include:

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Drumtastic!

The boys and girls have been super busy today making drums! They have really been enjoying playing the musical instruments in our music area, that we decided to be creative and make our own drums.

First the boys and girls painted the tins

Then we cut the ends off the balloons and covered the top of the tin

Then placed an elastic band to keep it sturdy

There you go, fantastic diy drums.

There are so many learning benefits for making your own homemade musical instruments.

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Improves listening skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Let’s make music!

Leaf painting

The children were having great fun this afternoon leaf painting. We went outside to our garden to collect a variety of leaves.

Once all of the leaves were collected they got started, we used our fine motor and creative skills to dip the leafs into the paint and then print them onto the paper.

The children were experimenting with mixing colours together, using their problem solving skills to mix the paint and create another colour.