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St. Andrews Day

Today in the toddler room we have been learning all about St. Andrews day and how it’s celebrated, we decided to create our very own tartan, the children did this by using cars and rollers and dipping them in different colours of paint. Here are some of the children’s great work.

We watched a lovely story on the the laptop about St. Andrews day, the children found out that St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

We finished the day off listening to some Scottish music and doing ceilidh dancing, we had lots of fun and used up lots of energy!


Happy Diwali🪔

Today in the toddler room we have been learning all about Diwali and how it’s celebrated, we watched a lovely story on the smart board and the children picked out their favourite patterns.

We then decided to create our own Diwali patterns with coloured rice, here are some of the children’s great work. We used different mark making utensils and our fingers to create these lovely Diwali inspired patterns.

We finished the day off listening to some Diwali music and dancing with our rainbow ribbons.

Getting creative in the Garden!!

Today the children were having great fun in the garden. They really enjoyed some gross motor art. They were using rollers to paint on a large shower curtain! They were rolling, reaching and stretching, developing both their gross motor skills and hand eye coordination whilst having great fun and chatting to each other.

”Look at my rainbow!”, “I’ve made a big road!”

The children also had fun den building with our new camouflage materials and pegs. This helps the children develop important skills like problem solving, teamwork and role play! Once the children had built their den they were happy playing inside pretending to sell ice cream out the door! Great fun was had by all!

Active April

It is active April this month and the boys and girls have had lots of fun today in our garden taking part in a variety of active experiences.

We have been having lots of fun on the obstacle course that the boys and girls built.


“I am good at balancing”

Then we had a game of hopscotch

We played a throwing and catching game

“I threw the ball so high”

”I caught it”

Then we had lots of fun hopping, jumping, skipping and running in the garden, super good listening skills and brilliant at following instructions.

Garden fun!!

The children have been making the most of the lovely weather so far this week by having lots of fun in the garden. They have been developing both their fine and gross motor skills through a number of outdoor experiences.

The children have been developing their filling, pouring and scooping skills with jugs and containers in the water tray and with spoons and kettles in the mud! This helps the children understand the concepts of more and less whilst developing their hand/eye coordination.

The children also had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles the rain left us, jumping and landing on both feet helps to strengthen their leg muscles! What big muddy splashes!!

The children made a great obstacle course which further develops their gross motor skills. This will enhance their strength and balance whilst developing their coordination and problem solving skills.

What a busy start to the week in the garden! Let’s hope the sun keeps shining!!

Drumtastic!

The boys and girls have been super busy today making drums! They have really been enjoying playing the musical instruments in our music area, that we decided to be creative and make our own drums.

First the boys and girls painted the tins

Then we cut the ends off the balloons and covered the top of the tin

Then placed an elastic band to keep it sturdy

There you go, fantastic diy drums.

There are so many learning benefits for making your own homemade musical instruments.

  • Increases and develops pride and self-esteem
  • Improves listening skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression
  • Rhythm and coordination
  • Fine and gross motor development

Let’s make music!

Play dough with a twist!

This morning the boys and girls had lots of fun working together to make some delicious strawberry scented angel delight play dough.

  1. First we poured in the angel delight ingredients

  1. The added a cup full of water

  2. And a cup of cornflour

  1. Then we use our gross motor skills to mix mix mix

As you can see the boys and girls showed great turn taking skills.

Here is our finished product, the boys and girls were very happy with it, we had fun rolling, squeezing, flattening and poking the play dough. We also used natural resources to create patterns using our fine motor and co ordination skills.


“I’ve made a pattern, it goes shell then pine cone then shell”

 

 

 

Creativity outdoors

The children enjoyed exploring creative messy arts this week outdoors. We used shaving foam and powder paint, creating lots of different patterns using the rakes. This experience helps develop the children’s large muscle control and hand eye co-ordination. Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. The children pointed out all the different patterns they had great fun making.

I’ve made waves in the ocean”

I made lots of squiggly lines”

We used large rolls of craft paper and cello taped it to the walls and used tubs of paint, allowing the children to dip their large paint brushes into the paint and have great fun being creative. The children were using their gross motor skills, strengthening their arm muscles and learning how to use everyday tools.

We then looked at all the colours of paint mixed together at the end and if they could see any patterns.

“Look at all the colours mixed together”
“Looks like a peacocks tail”