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Tuneful Tuesdays

Today in the Studio it is all about music. We have been exploring the sounds that can be made from each instrument.

We sat together and each chose which instrument we wanted to play. We choose from percussion instruments such as the Maracas and woodwind  instruments such as wooden chimes.
We sang songs and played our instruments alongside.

We then explored the sounds that the bells made. We discovered each bell played a different pitch of sound. We experimented playing low sounds and higher pitch sounds and grouping the bells by these sounds.

We further discussed sounds by talking about playing quietly with soft sounds, and loud with harder sounds. We chose twinkle twinkle to sing along with as our soft sounds song and incy wincy spider as our loud song.

We took our learning outdoors to investigate our music wall. On this we have a selection of everyday objects we can use to make sounds. We had pipes, pans, pots, trays  and used bamboo sticks to play the sounds. Each object had its own unique sound.

We all joined together on the outdoor stage to use the instrument we all have, Our voice.  We sang action songs and rhymes together. I wonder where our musical journey will take us to next, stay tuned to find out.

Outdoor Bookbug fun

Guess who came to visit us in our Cart Mill garden? Bookbug! Today’s Bookbug was all about the weather.

We have experienced lots of different types of weather this week, so we sang different weather songs and rhymes such as Incy wincy spider, Dr Foster, Mr Sun and I hear thunder.

Out came the stretchy Lycra and incy wincy spider got to bounce up and down representing his climb up the water spout.

We had so much fun moving the lycra whilst singing our songs.

We finished off our Bookbug with a lovely story about a bear experiencing a stormy  night .

“Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone, glad that you could come!”

 

 

Let’s Get Busy With Paint!

Using paints that the children selected, they explored their self expression and created their own masterpieces! The children mixed colours to make new ones, discussed their works of art with their peers and explored what tools they could use. Using our hands to paint was a favourite!

Take a look at these fabulous paintings in our garden gallery!

 

Some comments from the children. 

“I’m making a rainbow with all the colours”

“I’m painting a picture of me”

”It’s a picture for my mummy. Her favourite colour is  blue”

“It’s a picture of the sky. Look at the clouds that are so big”

Let’s Explore Colour Mixing

Today in the nursery garden the children have been exploring colour mixing. We used yellow, blue, red and white paint to mix experiment and see what other colours we could make.

“ I put the blue and the yellow together and made green!”

“ I put lots of blue and a little red, I think it looks purple”

Exploring what happened when we added white paint.  “ It’s gone pink” when mixing the red and white.

“I tried blue and yellow and it’s green”

“The orange is yellow and red, i needed lots of yellow”


The children were using their fine motors skills to use the pipettes and collect the paint to add to individual tubs.  They also used the colour wheel to and learn and explore colour.

 

 

Mark Making fun in the sun

The sun has been shining again outside in the garden this week and the children have been having lots of fun.

Some of them found some shaving foam and decided to try some fancy mark making, adding powder paint to make it colourful.

They found some large mops which made fancy patterns on the ground.

Mopping the ground! Look at the patterns!

Some of the children preferred to use their hands.

E made swirls with her hands and said the shaving foam felt like marshmallows.

E wrote the letter ‘M’

“Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This term is typically used to describe the scribbles that children make on a piece of paper with pens, pencils or crayons. However, mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.”

“Mark making gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore new materials other than pen and paper. Encourage them to create marks using their fingers to draw in the sand, paint on an easel or prod into play dough. Mark making isn’t just for indoors either – head outside with the children to explore the natural world and take mark making to the next level, let them drag a stick through the mud!”

A special Delivery

A mysterious box arrived in the Family Centre a few days ago.

What could be inside?

The children were all very curious about what could be inside. They decided to open it in the garden. They sat round in a circle and tried to guess what it could be. Some children thought it was a some new toys to play with. Let’s open it!

WOW!!!! The children were very surprised! Can you tell what it was?

Worms? Bugs? What sort of bugs?

1….2….3….4…..5! 5 very tiny caterpillars.

They were all very intrigued as to how they managed to get inside the little container and what the brown stuff at the bottom was. The children talked about how big they would grow and how they would get food, which they found out was the brown stuff and how long they would have to stay inside the tub. We talked about what would happen to them once they became too big….we will just have to wait and see.

Some children asked to hold the container. They said they would have to be very careful.

So tiny

The caterpillars are in the Science area of the Discovery Room and over the next couple of weeks the children will see them grow and will see exactly what will happen when they become too big for the container.

Parachute Play

Enjoying outdoors in the sunshine this morning, the children wanted to bring out the parachute.

We were using the parachute to sing rhymes and nursery songs.
We used the puppets to help us and enjoyed shaking and moving the parachute to make the puppets move.

 

This helps to promote communication and language skills and helps to develop a sense of rhythm.

We lift the parachute following the directions in the song, up and down , side to side, round and round, fast and slow, working the upper body, arms and shoulders.

The parachute encourages cooperation, turn taking and sharing as we continue to use the parachute to play games.

The children had so much fun playing with the parachute in the garden.

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.

Wintery Walkathon

Let’s get outside for a walk.

Walking is a great way of maintaining health in adults ……. but also great for children too!

Walking  offers countless learning opportunities as well as physical benefits.

Health benefits : it helps keeps you and your children to stay healthy in mind as well as body, keeping active and helping to boost mood and self esteem.

Its relaxing and aids concentration.

Develops independence: on the way invite your child to choose the direction to walk. They may decide to take a short cut or to extend the walk. This responsibility helps them to grow and to become aware of what surrounds them.

Walking improves mood: walking outdoors is ideal for clearing the head and benefitting from natural daylight.

Its fun and interesting you get to notice things along the way and meet people from your neighbourhood.

This week it was snowy, we wrapped up warm and put on our boots to go for a local walk to see what we could see.

We love to be outside and explore our surroundings.

Across from the family centre we found a gate which would only let one person through at a time.
It led us down a path that took us to the river. The children wanted to see if they could find any horses as there were stables in the distance. We continued our walk listening to the sounds of the river and the birds were tweeting. As we were walking we could hear the snow crunching under our feet and the children were chatting.

We reached another gate and took turns going through the gate. We reached a large field with a pathway and continued to see if we could find any horses in the stable. As we got nearer we could see big bales of hay in the stables but no horses. We had a look at the tracks and patterns we had made in the snow with our foot prints as we explored in the field.

On the way back to the nursery the children spotted  a birds nest in the trees.


The children took pictures of the nest to share with you. We talked about what the birds use to make a nest.

It was time to head back to nursery for lunch.

We hope you enjoyed our adventure, we had lots of fun on our walk and although we didn’t see horses we spotted lots of other things on our walk.

Where do you go walking?
Please share your walkathon moments with us on our google classroom, Twitter page or email.

Enjoy your walkathon!   Sharon x