In the toddler room we have been practising independence at snack time. We have been working really hard at using our fine motor skills to collect our own snack using the tongs! Practice makes perfect!
While working together to make a model of the world the children have been discussing what matters to them.
The children thought that ” it’s important to have friends, kind friends”, “I like to choose what to play” “that I feel safe when I go somewhere new” and that “I like having a happy house” all relevant and important rights to us all.
Here we are developing our fine motor skills by tearing up the newspaper into long strips and applying it to our balloons.
Next we are developing our problem solving skills by building a wooden triangle for the model to sit on “so it will be safe and not roll away”. Then we are measuring the sticks (maths) and sawing them safely (risk assessment skills) to create a 3d pyramid.
Ta da, our model!
It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached week 9 of Forest School. We’ve been so privileged to watch summer slip in to autumn and this morning we had our first taste of winter with frosty patterns to look at and crisp, crunchy sounds underfoot. Seeing the changing seasons in the forest is a wonderful way for children to appreciate the wonders of nature. As forest school practitioners, the changing seasons gives us the opportunity to discuss why these must happen but, the best part for all of us is the visual impact that seasons make in the forest throughout the year. Discussion with your children is endless; colours, changes, temperature, sounds, smells and who wants a hot chocolate! So, we hope that when this block ends after next week’s cook-out we have shared our passion with our budding foresteers and that they will join us for our Big Fit Walk on Saturday 9th November to share their new found appreciation of our beautiful outdoors with you!
Today the toddlers thought that porridge would be a yummy snack. They helped to measure out the oats and milk and all gave it a good stir. We then watched it cook “it got very hot”. The toddlers then chopped up some banana to add into their bowls of porridge. This was a “delicious “ snack they all agreed .
Today the toddlers took advantage of some better weather and went for a walk. We decided to look for leaves which were different colours. We also spotted a thistle, some berries “that only birds can eat” we found pine cones and some of the children thought that the pine tree was tickly to touch. We brought the leaves and pine cones back to the nursery so that we can make a lovely Autumn picture.
Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses (Educational playcare, 2016). Studies have shown that from birth to early childhood, children explore and make sense of the world through, touching, smelling, seeing, hearing and tasting.
Our children have been working on their descriptive language whilst they explore their senses and to add depth to their learning the children were involved in selecting a variety of materials to explore. Whilst exploring the children were involved in discussions about what they could feel, see, hear, smell and taste.
The children have also initiated an interest in farm animals, we incorporated some foods that we may find on a farm into these exploration experiences.
Here are some of the experiences that we have taken part in.
” it’s so squishy”
”it smells like onions”
”it smells like soup”
“I like porridge, it’s lumpy”
”honey is sticky”
“Its green and it is bendy in the wind”
”it’s like rain”