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Our 2-3s enjoyed taking a walk to the allotments. They showed an interest in the different animals and what foods come from the animals they saw. The children saw a man in his garden tending to his hens. He gave them a look at the eggs the hen laid and the children were amazed! Whilst on the walk the children also saw a vegetable garden. There were lots of different types of vegetables and we discussed healthy and unhealth foods as well as which vegetables they liked and disliked.

 

Today was Beach Day and we had so much fun! We all went down to the Nursery garden with Nursery and 2 Year, where there was lots of swimming pools, jugs and fun things to do in the sun! We enjoyed sitting in the swimming pool, splashing the water and having fun with our friends. We then had a water fight, using jugs and the hose to squirt each other and get wet! At the end of the morning we were very excited for the ice cream van to arrive and we all had a lovely ice cream cone to end our Beach Day! 
Today we have been categorising, using cheerios and pipe cleaners! We painted the Cheerios; red, blue and green and then found three of the same coloured pipe cleaners. The children had to try and match the different coloured Cheerios to the same coloured pipe cleaners. The children were all really good at recognising the different colours and matching them to the correct pipe cleaner! It was made a little bit more tricky because the children had to thread the Cheerios onto the pipe cleaners! They all concentrated really hard and used two hands and all managed to thread them onto the pipe cleaners! The older children were also able to count how many Cheerios were on each pipe cleaner and also select a quantity when asked. 

Drawing Numbers and Shapes

Today we have been drawing some numbers and shapes in blue jelly crystals with our fingers! The children were all able to imitate the simple shapes such as, circles and squares when an adult demonstrated them for them and were also able to tell us the shape names after we had drawn them. Some of the children were even able to identify which shapes were the biggest and which were the smallest, comparing the sizes. We then started to practise drawing some numbers, up to 3! We all drew a, "zero" and a "one" with ease and looked so proud of ourselves as we told an adult what number we had drawn! Some of the children even managed to draw a number 2 and we were so proud! They had lots of fun drawing shapes and numbers in something different and using their hands instead of mark making tools. 

Today was the day that we could finally release our butterflies and wave them goodbye after a long time of looking after them and watching them grow! The children have been watching our butterflies go for a week and were fascinated as they watched them fly around and eat their fruit. We were all very excited when it was time to release the butterflies, we took them outside when it was nice and sunny and opened the lid. Some of the butterflies did not fly away straight away, so Abby and Danielle had to pick them out of the tent! The children were absolutely amazed by this and all wanted a turn at holding the butterflies just like the adults were! We all were so brave and held the butterflies in our hands, giggling as they moved around, tickling their hands and then watching as they all flew away! We have loved watching our caterpillars grow into beautiful butterflies! 

Our walk to the Allotments.

Today we have been for a walk to the allotments! As our Theme is, "growing", we were looking around the allotments to see what we could see that was growing! The children were fascinated to see the different animals and told us how some of the animals were growing, for example, we saw a Horse that had a big tummy, so one of the children told us that the horse had a baby growing inside of them! We also saw different sized horses, big ponies and small shetlands and some of the children were able to compare the sizes and even guessed that the big horse was the mammy and the little horse was the baby. We then bumped into a lovely man who was busy working in his allotments, when he saw us looking at the chickens and talking about what chickens grow for us to eat, he brought a box of eggs that his own chickens had grown to show us! In one allotment we also saw lots of different vegetables growing, there was fields with vegetables growing in the ground, trees with fruit growing on them and lots of other different plants! We had lots of fun exploring the allotments today and saw lots of things that grow all around us!

Today we have been categorising colours! We had a big caterpillar laid out on the table, with different colour body parts and then we had a big pile of different coloured blocks and reels. We had to sort the blocks and reels out, matching the different colours to the same colour body part on the caterpillar! We were all able to categorise all of the blocks and reels onto the matching caterpillar body part, without any help at all and we even helped our younger friends as they took part in the activity! The children were able to tell us all of the colour names for the body parts and resources, and some of them used great language such as "Lots", or "more" as they filled the body parts up and also counted how many pieces were in each body part, comparing the quantities! 

Healthy or Unhealthy?

Today we have been trying to categorise all of the food that "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" ate before he turned into a butterfly, into "Healthy" and "Unhealthy". First we had a little discussion about what food we think is "Healthy" and what food we think is "Unhealthy" and why? The children decided that the special treats that we sometimes eat, such as; chocolate cake and sweets, are "Unhealthy" because they have too much sugar in and also that too much sugar can be bad for our teeth! So after that, the children soon realised that all of the fruit and vegetables went in the "Healthy" circle and the treats went in the "Unhealthy" circle. We took turns selecting a piece of food and then decided which circle they went in, we did really well categorising all of the food!
As our theme this term is, "Growing", today we have been planting our own cress! We each had a clear plastic cup, a trowel and had a big bag full of compost. We used the trowels to scoop some compost into our cups, taking turns to fill our cups up. We then showed the children all of the little seeds and explained that they were called "cress seeds". They each picked a small pinch of seeds up and put them in their cups and then picked up another handful of compost up to cover our seeds. They had lots of fun exploring the mud and seeds and planting their own little plant and we are all very excited to watch them grow!

Our new caterpillars pets!

Today we got some exciting new pets in Childcare to look after! Our theme this term has been, "Growing", so we have been reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". The children showed so much interest in our new book that we decided it would be a good idea if we had some caterpillars in the room to watch grow into butterflies! The children really enjoyed looking at our new caterpillars today, and they were able to tell me different parts of the story, about how the caterpillars will grow and then turn into butterflies! We are very excited to watch them grow! 
We all got together with the whole of Early Years today. We participated in den building, using different ways and different materials to create them. Look at the fun we had!
Today we have had a visit from the farm! We got wrapped up nice and warm to go outside because it was very cold and then we headed off out to see what animals had come to visit us! We went to the hut to see the ladies who had brought the animals in, and they showed us what the animals eat and sleep on (hay and straw) and asked us if we knew what they were. They also showed us three different kinds of eggs, a chicken egg; a duck egg and a goose egg and asked us if we knew what birds they came from! We then got a special surprise as they got Snowdrop the chicken out of the cage to show us! We all had a stroke and were very excited to see a chicken, especially when he was put down on the floor to walk around and see us! We were then introduced to Flopsy the rabbit and Sugar the guinea pig and also had a stroke of them! Then, a much bigger animal was brought into the hut for us to meet, a goat! We were all given a brush and went over to brush the goats back and we even fed him some pellets, we were all so brave! We then went outside to see the sheep, geese and ducks that were in a pen and said hello! We all had such a lovely time and didn't want to leave the animals!

Painting with Cars!

Today we have been making marks with cars! We taped paint brushes to some cars, dipped the cars into the paint and then started to draw some lovely pictures! We pushed the cars around the paper on the table and tried to draw a road with the cars, we even painted some shapes like circles! We had lots of fun exploring different ways to make marks and getting messy with paint and introduced some new language to our play, such as the different colours of paint, shapes and what they were drawing. 

 

Painting with Ice

Today we have been painting with ice cubes! As soon as the children saw the ice cubes, they asked me "What is in there?" and one child even asked me if there was chocolate inside of the brown cubes! I said, "We are going to paint with them, watch" and they watched as I moved the ice cubes around the paper, making marks. They were amazed! They noticed that the ice was melting and when it melted, the paint started to rub off! We made some lovely pictures with the ice cubes and had a good talk about how cold they were and how they melted.
We really like participating in  activities during p.e. We climb on apparatus, play stop and go as well as action games. 

Categorising and sorting shapes

We all went on a trip to the Park last week! We did so well holding a partners hand and walked the whole way there! We enjoyed exploring the slide and climbing frame, climbing up the steps and sliding down. The children also loved the ride on round a bout, they liked to go very fast and Fiona had a busy job keep pushing them round and round! We all had a turn on the swings and went super high! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, not wanting to leave and the children have already been asking to go back to the park! 

 

 

We love being outside!

We go for a lot of walks outside, exploring the setting and off the setting. Today we have been for a walk around the woods opposite Childcare. We explored the leaves that had fallen off the trees, picking them up and talking about the different sizes and colours and why they were on the floor instead of the trees! We also listened to the different sounds that we could hear as we were walking around, listening for cars and other vehicles and different animals. We heard a few birds and even saw them flying in the sky! The children love being outside.
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