Today the toddlers made the most of the good weather and enjoyed lots of different learning experiences. They were busy watering the welly plants and riding the bikes . We also created some nice pictures with the paint and played with the playdough. We were very tired after our busy day and happily chilled out in our book corner area outside.
This week all groups had an opportunity to use a bow saw. The bow saw is a tool particularly good for cutting wood.
Prior to using any tools staff have a safety briefing with children to discuss the risks that come along with using them. As this is week 8 children are aware and are talking about hazards and risks more frequently without adult encouragement.
To make our tree cookies we used wood that we had previously cut, the reason we do this is to ensure we are not removing any wood from the woodland that doesn’t need to be removed. Sticks and broken trees are a good resource of nutrients for the soil in the wood therefore we like to leave as much of them their to decompose, they also provide habitats for mini beasts.
Some children were more interested in exploring and using the rope swings, they will have the opportunity to use the bow saw next week again if they choose.
Others liked looking for minibeasts and climbing trees.
The children have been observing the life cycle of a butterfly over the last couple weeks and today it was time to set them free. Some of the boys and girls gathered in the garden to watch the butterflies fly away and Bradley named one “Bertie” and another one “Fertie”.
“They need to fly in the fresh air” said Harris.
“They might fly to a different country” said Matthew.