Category Archives: Expressive Arts

Junk modelling

This week in the Studio room  the children have shown an interest in using every day recycled materials to make their own models.

We discussed what materials we would need to make the robots.

“We need glue and paint”

“We could use these sponges and brushes to paint them”

 

They decided to make Robots using “big” and “small” cardboard boxes and selected their own paints and materials such as sponges and paint brushes to paint their boxes.

” We chose orange and blue and green paint”

“We are going to glue heads on our robots”

When the boxes were dry the children glued them together to create their robots and decorated them using “sparkly gems” .

Junk modelling is a great way to provide our children with opportunities to develop their imagination and problem solving skills.

We are looking for more bits n bobs to add to our collection that you may have at home :

  • Bottle lids
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Kitchen roll tube
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Cartons

Creative Fun in the Studio

Today the girls in the studio have been enjoying selecting their own materials to be creative.

They selected their own paint and chose the colours.

“I put more green in”

Using the  natural materials that they selected, the girls painted pine cones and rolled them over the cling film and tin foil taped too the floor, to see what prints it would leave.

 ”  This feels jaggy and rough”

A Day in the Discovery Room

Through discovery, natural curiosity and imagination we have been exploring different ways to problem solve and construct a obstacle course and models.

“We can use these long bits to balance on”

“If the wood doesn’t fit we need to move the blocks closer”

 

 

“I’ve made a slide for the cars”


“mine has two eyes”

“I’m going to use all these to make a smiley face”

“These nails are the ears like mine”

 

The Studio Band!

Today in the Studio the children were experimenting with music! One child had been talking about pipe bands and playing the “big drums”.  We put pipe band music on the active board for the children to listen to and watch. They then had a shot of playing the instruments and tried to play and march in time to the music. The drums were definitely a favourite choice! Playing the drums is calming for children. Playing musical instruments allows the children to express their emotions and develop their coordination whilst having great fun! The Studio band was very loud and great fun was had by all!

 

Using our imagination skills in the Home Room.

Today in the home room the children have been exploring the different types of small world play.

We have been working together to build the train set. We were using our creative skills to design our large train track and our fine manipulative skills to fit the track together. We discussed where we could go on our trains.

We were also playing with the small world elves and fairies, using our imagination to create magical stories together with our friends.

It has been a great day using our imagination and creating wonderful learning opportunities in our home room.

Welcome to our Toddler Room

Welcome  to our toddler room!

Where we focus on; Wellbeing, Communication, Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity and also Movement and co-ordination all within a safe and nurturing environment.


This is part of our outdoor area today the children are practising gross motor skills on the bikes and also exploring bugs with the magnifying glass.
In the next picture the children are being creative using seasonal summer flowers exploring colour and texture and using their skills to paint. We encourage the children to develop independence and responsibility.

The children enjoy developing their gross motor skills on our fab indoor climbing frame.

Nature Photoframes

Hi boys and girls. Hope you’re all well and having lots of fun!

I’ve been keeping myself busy by spending lots of time outdoors and going for lots of lovely walks.  I’ve been busy in my garden and I have been growing lots of pretty flowers in all different colours.
I decided I would take some photographs of my flowers to cheer me up on rainy days! I made my own Nature photo frame to make my photos extra special. I thought I would show you how to make one of your own too. They’re easy to make and I had so much fun making mine.

To make your photo frame you will need:

Scissors (please ask an adult to help you)

Cardboard – you could use a cereal box

Coloured pens

You can draw any shape you like onto your cardboard.  I decided to draw a love heart.

Next I used scissors to cut out my love heart.  This was very tricky so please ask an adult to help you.

Now for the fun part! I used lots of different coloured pens to decorate my frame. I decided to draw lots of flowers using all my favourite colours. You can draw whatever you want to make yours look extra special!

And now finally for the best part of all. Time to take some photographs! I took some photos of the pretty flowers in my garden to show you. I love watching the clouds floating in the sky, so I thought I would take a photo of that too. I had to get my son to help me as my arms were too short to take the photo!

I had lots of fun making my frame and taking some photographs to show you. I’m going to send them to my family so that they can see them too. I’m going to take my frame out on my next walk to see if I can take photos of some of the animals I see in the fields near my house.

Have lots of fun making your frame and maybe you could ask an adult at home to take some photos for you!

Missing you all boys and girls and hope to see you soon. Take care. Love Fiona xx

Emotions are good for us!

Hi everyone, Sami here! Hope everyone is well and safe 🙂

I know everyone is probably feeling very heightened emotions right now, and that’s okay. Some days are great, some days are just fine and some days are harder than others. So I thought it might be fun to talk about these feelings. When the children in nursery are feeling like that I like to do a fun wee emotions activity. It can be as serious or as silly as you want! Let’s face it, the sillier the better! Some of the emotions we may be feeling are happy! Let’s acknowledge those days 🙂 Some days we may be feeling sad, or scared or even angry. We should acknowledge these days too. Let’s all try it? Look in the mirror and see how you are feeling. Maybe we could even make an emotions journal?

Most importantly, be proud of yourselves for getting through every day! I honestly can’t wait until we are all reunited and can be our wee nursery family once again. Until that day comes, look after yourselves and stay safe! Sami 🙂 x