Today the toddlers came into the 3-5 garden, and helped to make some yummy naan breads! And of course taste them. This allowed some children to taste some new foods and explore our sense further. The children discussed their feelings on what they had eaten, and talked about liking the garlic and cheesy naan and others preferring just plain.
The children are developing new skills each week at the forest. Today our group had the busiest day ever! The boys and girls tried out some mud make up before we learned about being safe around a fire.
We pegged out sticks to make a safe zone where we could all sit, while Val heated water for our hot chocolate on the Kelly Kettle. The children used some fantastic descriptive words for the noises they heard from the fire. ‘Sizzle’, ‘woosh’, ‘hiss’ were just a few of them.
After hot chocolate we went exploring and were so lucky to find a door to a fairy house, we knocked and knocked but nobody was home.
We finished our busy day collecting bags of nature to take back to Cart Mill and show our friends.
We had thought about making little rafts today but the river was just too fast so we decided just to watch it for a little while.
The children had spent the morning at the forest hunting for different types of seeds and brought some back to the centre to show their friends. Some of the children were very inquisitive and wanted to know what all the seeds would grow into.
We decided our favourite was the beech nut as it looked like a baby hedgehog. One of the children noticed that one of our beech nuts was starting to open and we could actually see the tiny seed inside. Val found another beech nut that had opened completely which the children were able to harvest the seed from. They then went to our mini forest and planted it to see if it would grow next year.
We are so lucky to be able to watch our forest grow every year. So far we have; oak trees from acorns we planted last year, apple trees from seeds we gathered during snack and cherry trees that we have grown from cherry stones. The children love learning about nature and are developing their own nurturing skills by caring for their plants.
Today the children had fun working together to build a bridge that would get them across the “river” to safety using the building blocks. The children chose different sized blocks and discussed with one another what shapes and sizes would be best to build their bridge. This displayed brillant problem solving skills as well as working as part of a team using their creative minds.
The children used their balancing skills while crossing over the bridge, this supported the development of their co ordination and gross motor skills.
The children had such great fun building the bridge they then decided to change it into a train track.
Today some of the children spent their time investigating magnets. They had fun exploring which items were magnetic. They discussed the items with each other and tried to guess which ones would “stick” before testing their theory out.
After a while, they noticed that when two magnets were put together they either “stick together” or were “pushing away”. We discussed poles and how magnets attract or repel each other. They tried different shapes of magnets to see if the same thing happened.