Outdoor Provision in 0-5 Childcare and Early Years.
Throughout the term we have been doing lots of outdoor exploring! The children really enjoy getting ready to go outside, trying to be independent by putting on their own shoes and coats and getting wrapped up for the cold weather outside! We have been going on walks every week, to explore the outdoors and the children have loved going outside and exploring the setting and further. This term we have even been on a trip to the park, which the children were very excited for and did not want to leave, so this is something that we will be carrying on with next term! The have also been joining in with the Early Years Forest School, where all of Early Years go out for the day and take part in lots of fun outdoor activities! Our last Forest School was focused on 'Fire Safety', as it was Bonfire Night, the children had lots of fun, painting bonfire pictures, creating firework splat pictures, watching our own fire pit work as it cooked our marshmallows, cheese and tomato wrap and chocolate bananas and we all enjoyed trying these special treats afterwards! We are all very excited for our next Forest School!
Each week we will be continuing to explore more of our environment. Please keep checking for more updates.
Today it snowed!! The children were so excited when they saw the snow falling, so we got our waterproofs and wellies on straight away and went out to explore the snow! They walked around the snow at first, watching as they left footprints in the lovely new snow. We then noticed our shadows because of the Winter sun, so we began talking about or Winter book "The Gruffalo's Child" and how the mouse pretends to be "the big bad mouse" by using his shadow to scare the Gruffalo's Child! We then started to use our fingers to mark-make in the snow, drawing our names and different shapes. The babies used resources such as a brush to rub marks into the snow, because the snow was a bit too cold for our little fingers! We had so much fun and even had a mini snow fight, poor Abby got covered!
The children all love going outside and one of their favourite things to explore in is water, whether it be the older children or the babies! They had lots of fun exploring the bubbles, popping them with their hands as they splashed in the water and then enjoyed filling the cups and jugs, watching as they poured the water out. This promotes simple activity promotes language of 'empty', 'full' and 'more' and also shows how great children's imaginations are as they begin to make their friends cups of tea out of the water tray!
Today we went for a nature walk outside to try and find some natural resources! We have been reading "The Gruffalo's Child" and in the book the children loved seeing the Gruffalo snowman, made by the big bad mouse! So we went out around the setting looking for some; twigs, stones, leaves and berries, all things that we could add to our snowman to make his face and arms! We loved walking around the woods and collecting the different things that we could find and were all very proud of ourselves for finding something! We can't wait to use these resources to make our own Gruffalo snowman in the setting!
We have been exploring the outdoors a lot this term and the children have really enjoyed getting out more, getting wrapped up in waterproofs and getting messy! We have been going on walks a couple of times a week, exploring the outdoors, walking through the woods to find leaves and pine cones, splashing and jumping in muddy puddles, looking for the Gruffalo and we even had a trip to the park! We have also been getting very messy outdoors, mark-making in shaving foam, drawing snowmen, exploring cornflour and water and had lots of fun using different resources to make marks outside! We are looking forward to the snow so that we can explore Winter properly!