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Exploring Ice

What amazing weather we’ve had for playing outdoors.  The bairns have really embraced all weathers an have been excited to be out to experience all weather types.

We had lots of fun collecting haily puckles…..who caught the most?….who caught the least? ……who had the best container for catching hail?……then they decided to gather their hail altogether and touch, feel, eat and play with it.

We had lots of mark making in the frost, using ice scrapers, sticks and spoons to make roads, draw, patterns, handprints and much more.

And of course smashing the ice was the most fun.  Our polar bears froze in the ice and we had to smash them out.  Some polar bears left a perfect pattern in the ice and we talked about fossils, felt the imprints with our fingers and discussed floating icebergs as the ice began to melt in the water.

The bairns were excited to tell us they could not find a circle shape amongst all the smashed frozen ice.  “It’s sharp”,  “it’s pointy”, “It’s like glass”, “it’s a triangle”, “mine has more points than a triangle”,  “mines is slidy”, “mine is smooth”, “it makes my hands sore”, “I don’t like it”, “I want to eat it”……….

Ice-cream Shop

We’ve been learning about the letter “i” in nursery .  The bairns wanted to make an ice-cream shop.  We’ve had such fun learning in our shop making cones and ice-cream to sell, playing different roles in our shop as customers, ice-cream makers and shop workers.  Everyone loved operating the till and counting money.

We experimented with different shapes of paper to find which shape made the best ice cream cones.

“I used a semi-circle” (Johanne)   “ I used a circle” (Anri)

Roll up roll up, come and buy your ice cream .

We thought about the different colours and flavours of our favourite ice creams.  We made different coloured play doh to represent our favourite icea creams and added different ingredients to make the play doh smell like real ice cream.

Adding coco powder to the brown play doh to make chocolate ice cream was definitely our favourite!

Adding coco powder to the brown play doh to make chocolate ice cream was definitely our favourite!

Ollie added mint essence to the green play doh ….

Lauren added candy floss essence to the pink play doh….

Lottie-Mae added vanilla essence to the yellow play doh…..

Mmmmmmm yummy sprinkles …..

We made decorations and bunting to decorate our ice cream shop.

Then we made our own ice cream for a Friday treat!

We mixed milk and sugar together and added our favourite flavours to the mixture and sealed in a bag.  Then we added our bag of mixture to a large bag of ice and salt.  We needed to use lots of muscles and hard work to shake our mixture in the ice until it magically turned into ice cream…….delicious.

Johanne added mint and chocolate chips.  Anri added vanilla and chocolate chips.

Sophie added caramel essence

We we each had a taste and liked the vanilla the best.

STAY AND PLAY – IT’S PANCAKE DAY!

We just had to have pancakes on Pancake Day and who better to share them with than our Mums,  Dads friends and siblings!

We couldn’t have done it without our chief pancake maker – John the Janny and his secret pancake recipe!

What a feast we had, choosing toppings, spreading, chopping, licking.

Let’s get these pancakes started……

We all had a go in messy play…cracking, mixing, whisking, pouring, measuring, weighing – what a fun way to learn.

Messy play is so much fun! Especially when it’s with your friends.
Pouring, mixing, weighing, cracking, whisking…..so much fun.

Eeeeek….our pancake mixture feels so funny. “It’s cold”, “It’s lumpy”, “It’s cool”, “It’s gooey”.

Cracking eggs.

Decisions decisions….which toppings should we have?….

Mmmmmmmm

YUMMY!
Queuing up for pancakes.
Nursery’s chief pancake maker! John the Janny is so much more than a Janny!

And of course, pancake wouldn’t be complete without a friendly pancake flipping competition.  Drewie found using  whole body motor skills was the way to go….

Flipping pancakes needs concentration.

Others had amazing hand-eye co-ordination!

Whatever method they used – it was a lot of fun.

Our star pancake flipper with 26 flips!

STAY AND PLAY DAY!

What a fantastic day we had yesterday with our parents, grandparents, siblings and friends at this term’s Stay and Play Day.

Everyone had such fun making helmets, shields and torches for SMUHA.  We even made an amazing galley for Nursery, with the help and skills of everyone.

Don’t let the marbles get away!

We were so lucky to have parents on hand to build our Galley.

And the sail is up!

Painting with marbles was great fun.

It was great that older siblings were able to come and join us too!

Lottie-Mae secured the tail of the Galley with Mrs Colvin.
Alec helped to make the sail for the Galley.

Huge thank you to everyone who came to join in our learning and making it such a fun day!