Tag Archives: Creative thinking

Forest School Fun!

We were so excited today as it was time for us to return to our Forest! We were so independent and managed to put on our own forest school clothes and wellies. It was time to set off!

“The stones are crunching” “I’ve never been this way before but I go on walks with mummy and daddy”

We saw lots of interesting things along the way!

“What’s down there?” ” It might be a crocodile or a shark!”

“It looks like snow!” “It’s a spider’s web”

“I like these flowers” “You can’t touch those, they’re for the bumble bees”

We remembered that we shouldn’t touch or eat anything we see growing in the forest.

“They are like little apples” “No they are beries. We can’t eat those. Only animals can eat them”

We were able to hear birds “singing” and “water”  as we walked closer to our site. We saw lots of cows “having a sleep” in the field. Finally we arrived and saw the river!!

We had lots of fun exploring the river. We used our nets to see what we could catch!

We had lots of fun throwing stones into the river to see how far they could go and which stones made the biggest splash!

We discovered the big stones made a huge splash and the little stones made a smaller splash.

“There’s lots of bubbles”

We used our wonderful imagination to create our own Forest story!

“I found a tunnel. Maybe an ant lives here” “He’s in the wee hole in there” “Maybe we could give him this rock and it would be his bed” ” No that would be too big for him, this one is smaller. Let’s give him one for his brother” “He needs a kitchen” “He needs a living room and some food” ” The mud can be the food” “The grass can be cucumber, I like cucumber” ” I like cucumber too” “There’s lots of rocks. We made a garden. This is our Forest”

Finally, there was just time for a yummy snack before we walked back to nursery.

We can’t wait to go back to the Forest next week and explore.

Natures Paint Brush.

Welcome back to the Studio and hello to all our new children. We have spent the last week exploring all the Studio room has to offer. The children have been taking part in a wide variety of expressive art activities and  exploring their creative sides.
Today  we have been discussing other ways we could create non conventional art. We have previously discussed the work of Henri Matisse who used scissors to create his art work. Today we used nature paint brushes to create ours.

We spoke about the different natural objects we collected and had fun exploring what prints, patterns and designs we could create by using them.

We printed, stamped and spread the paint using the different natural objects to ignite our creative spark.

We discussed what colours to use and decided to use natural colours that we would find outside in natures colour wheel. Browns, yellows, greens etc. We talked about what these colours represent in the world.


It was lovely to see the end result of the process and the wonderful creating thinking our children shared. Our children were very engaged in this learning experience, sharing their expressive thoughts while developing  their creative design skills and linking real word objects to arts.

Can you find things in the local area to create art as well?

Exploring with shells…..paint, sand and water😁


Gail was at the beach over the weekend and collected some shells for the toddlers to explore 👁


We printed with the shells investigating the different sizes and textures of the shells.


We used a variety of resources to create designs


We listened very hard to try and hear the ocean


We transferred the shells into the water to play with, also to clean our shells

We made sandcastles and decorated them with shells….how pretty

What a lot of fun we had today 🥰

 

 

 

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood Visits The Home Room!

In the home room, the children have been enjoying the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and exploring it indifferent ways.

The have been looking at story cards and homemade puppets and decided that they wanted to re enact the story themselves and turn themselves into the characters!

Using the different  materials and resources around the room they creatively made different props in order to create the story.

Fun Friday!

As today was our last day with our children attending the hub, we decided it should be Fun Friday!

The children chose some of their favourite activities. We started with choosing different materials to make some beautiful artwork.

We made beautiful patterns in our play dough and managed a bit of climbing too!

We demonstrated fabulous numeracy skills and turn taking while using our interactive board.

The horrible weather didn’t stop us having lots of fun in our garden.
We investigated making special potions using different colours of paint. We demonstrated lots of fabulous pouring, mixing and measuring and of course we had to add a little sparkle!

With a bit of teamwork, we constructed our obstacle course. Even though it was a little bit windy, we managed some brilliant balancing!


We demonstrated excellent ball control, teamwork and sharing during our game of football.

We decided we needed a little rest so we headed inside for a tasty snack.

We decided to relax with a little yoga!

Of course we had to fit in some fabulous dancing before it was time to go home.

Phew what a busy day. It really was a fun Friday!

We have loved getting to know the amazing children attending our hub. We have  had lots of fun and made lots of new friends.
Take care and we will miss you lots. Xx

There is no Snow dough like playdough

We were experimenting today at our playdough area. We decided to make our own Snow,

We collected our ingredients of cornflour and conditioner and mixed them together to form a soft snow like dough.

We decided to use Christmas shapes to make prints in our snow dough. We even used the Christmas baubles to make our snow dough flat.

We used different gems and sparkles to create cookies that we think  Santa might like us to leave out for him when he visits us on Christmas Eve.

We had lots of fun in the Home room using our experimental thinking and creative design to make the snow dough and create all all wonderful things. We also developed our fine manipulative skills as we rolled, and transformed the dough. And selected the small materials we needed for it.

Why do you have a go at creating your own snow. What ingredients will you use?

Can you make the firework explode?

Today we had the best fun in our Home room garden. We have been looking at pictures of fireworks. We were talking about the patterns, shapes and colours they make in the sky. We decided to experiment with paint and water to make our own firework explosions and see what patterns ours will make.

We used our hands to throw the paint in the air and watch what happened when it landed. We used different colours and glitter. We added water to help make the patterns move on the ground.

We had so much fun mixing the colours in the air before they landed on the ground.
We then decided to use our brand new gross motor mark making tools, to create shapes and patterns and make our firework picture pop.

We worked together to made lines, spirals and circles in our big outdoor art picture.

All the children had so much fun outdoors making the firework art. The skills we learned through this were mark making, exploring colours, investigating patterns and creative thinking.  We all learn the most when we are having fun.