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.
The boys and girls were looking around the forest floor at all the leaves and seeds that had started to fall to the ground. Everywhere we looked we found leaves that were green, yellow, orange and brown. The boys and girls began to see patterns in the shape of the leaves, then they decided that they could make their own patterns. They set to work gathering lots of different leaves and acorns and used them to make some lovely nature patterns!
It is small and then it is big.
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.
We even warmed our hands up on the toasty fire!
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.
What a great week we have had getting back out to explore the forest. The children have been learning about the route to the forest, looking at all trees on the way.
A little bit of rain has fallen today but it has certainly not dampened our spirits!
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!!
What a busy day it was today in our garden, we were trying to build a car but one of the boys said he had built a bike, suddenly everyone wanted their own bike so we all got to work in our bike shop before cycling off on our bikes.