Today some of the Afternoon Nursery children decided that they wanted to make a place for the dinosaur to live. I asked the question “What would a dinosaur house look like?” #ws said It would have wood all over it. #mma said It would be like a forest and have some sticks in. #tw said It would look like a muddy forest place.
Using the children’s ideas, I then suggested that we should create a ‘muddy forest’ for the dinosaurs to go. We collected mud, leaves and sticks from outdoors and worked together to create a home for the dinosaurs.
The children were then really engaged in dinosaur related play, and were very proud that it was all created using their ideas.
These two children were very busy at the Lego Table demonstrating parallel play.
Each child was engaged in their own Lego play and did not try to influence the other child’s behaviour. The children each created their own separate models and persisted with this activity for more than 5 minutes.
These two boys enjoyed using our small workspace area to collaboratively create pictures. Lots of language was used between the children whilst completing their pictures and they were very proud of their finished work.
This workspace is a great opportunity for two children to take part in activities together such as board game, jigsaws and mark-making, as well as enhancing their personal and social development and their communication and language.
Today the children completed their Big Draws linked to what presents they got for Christmas. The children were encouraged to talk about their presents and what they looked like, before drawing a picture of them. Some children then attempted to label their pictures.
Last week, we brought in some empty plastic bottles and decorated them with collage materials. Today we added rice to the bottles to create shakers! We enjoyed using the shakers during continuous provision to sing songs with, as well as explore the words loud, quiet, fast and slow. This activity linked very well to our Phase 1 phonics learning.
Today we made letters to send to Father Christmas.
We began by having a speaking and listening activity. In turn, we told our friends what we would like for Christmas:
#na “I want a big bike”
#mma “I want Paw Patrol toys for my house”
After we had shared some of the things that we hope to get, we then had a look through some toy magazines to choose some items to add to our letters. We used scissors to cut out the pictures and we were modelled how to hold and use the scissors correctly. Once we had stuck down the pictures, some of us had a go at mark-making and writing initial sounds. We then folded up our letters and sealed them inside an envelope before posting it in our letter box to send to Father Christmas!
We hope Father Christmas receives our letters, and we can’t wait for Christmas morning to see if he brings us everything that we want!
Every week, Mrs Ridell comes in Nursery and carries out Music and Movement sessions. We really look forward to these sessions, and learn lots of new songs, as well as using different musical instruments and moving our bodies in different ways.
Over 2 million children have taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week since its launch in 2013. Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. As well as being fun they are excellent teaching tools:
*Language and communication, songs and rhymes are language learners.
*Singing nursery rhymes can help children to develop emergent literacy skills.
*They provide a fun way to assist with learning early maths.
*Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.
The rhyme we focused on today was Wind The Bobbin Up:
We explored colours and patterns using different resources such as coloured links and coloured paper. After we had explored patterns, we then created our own patterns using bobbin reels to print with: