After St Andrew’s Day we had a lot of potatoes left and we didn’t want them to go waste. The children got thinking about things we can make with potatoes and they came up with a lot of suggestions. The two favourite ones from the children (and a few members of staff) were potato scones and chips!
The children got to work peeling, washing, chopping and slicing while Val lit the fire. While one group rolled out the potato scones, another group watched the chips cook at the fire.
Tomorrow we will make another of the suggestions, soup, before using the last few potatoes to make some colourful Christmas prints.
Who knew potatoes could be so entertaining!
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!
During the October break some of the children went for an autumnal walk to collect brown, orange, red and green coloured leaves and twigs. Inspired by their wonderful walks the children in the toddler room chose to create their own leaf men using the leaves and twigs they had collected. Then using their favourite leaf, they created their masterpeices developing their fine motor skills, coordination and creativity.
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!
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 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!!
The children were smelling the flowers in the garden saying how pretty they were so we decided to make pictures with them. The children harvested lots of different flowers and herbs which they made self portraits with.