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.
Today we were introduced to a surprise parcel that links to the new story that we will be exploring for the next two weeks. The parcel was wrapped up, and we had to use some of our senses to try and guess what would be inside, and then what story it could be from.
We passed the parcel around the circle and here are some of the children’s responses:
What does it feel like?
#ooj It feels squiggly.
#dg Potatoes, sounds like potatoes.
#gk It’s soft at the sides. I think its eggs in the box.
#lj The Little Red Hen wrapped it up for us so we can open it.
#ms It feels hot and soft. It’s a ball.
#as It shakes like seeds.
What does is smell like?
#gj Its like peas.
#dm Smells like food.
Can you hear anything when you shake it?
#ws A popping machine
#rp It makes a sound
After some thinking time and questioning, the children opened up the parcel to discover a box of gingerbread men!
I asked the children “so what story could the gingerbread men be from?”
#rr A story about food.
#ws The Gingerbread Man story!
The children were introduced to the story of the Gingerbread Man. We read it and talked about the events, and we saw how the Little Old Man and the Little Old Lady baked some gingerbread men, just like the ones in our box!
We will now continue to learn about this story for the next two weeks.
L (R) 22-36/30-50
C+L (U) 22-36/30-50
C+L (S) 22-36/30-50
UW (TW) 22-36/30-50
Playing and Exploring/Active Learning/Creating and Thinking Critically
Today we explored a nursery rhyme that we were not very familiar with, it was called Lavender’s Blue. We listened to the rhyme and tried to join in on the repeated parts:
We looked at pictures of the lavender flowers and talked about what they looked like and what colours they were. We found out that the green part of the lavender is called the stem, and the purple coloured parts are called buds. We then created our own fabulous paintings of the lavender:
#dm “i painting stem”
#dg “my flower purple”
#ra “its purple and green”
We later went outside to find a lavender flower. We saw that it looked just like our paintings, and each had a smell of it:
We looked at Poppies and talked about what they look like and why people wear them. We found out that they symbolise people who have helped us and our country by serving in the War. We created paintings of poppies by looking at different pictures to aid our designs.
Morning Nursery and Pre-Nursery were lucky enough to have a little visit from Merseyside Fire Brigade. The fire men informed the children about some important ways that they can stay safe on Bonfire Night. They then got the chance to hold the fire hose and have their photo taken next to the fire engine.
Today in Nursery we have been exploring fireworks. During continuous provision, a fireworks display was played for the children to listen to and watch. At carpet time, we then talked about what colours and shapes we could see in the sky on the video.
#st “a rainbow”
#rp “a heart, a big red heart”
#en “so many colours in the sky”
#lm “lots of colours”
#ws “i saw circles and shapes too”
#na “i see them outside my house going bang bang bang”
Inspired by the fireworks, the children then created their own firework paintings by using different lengths of string dipped into colourful paint to pull across their piece of paper.
This morning the children enjoyed following instructions to create a potion. The children applied their knowledge of counting to ensure that the correct amount of each of the ingredients were added to the potion. They then observed in amazement what happened to the potion once all the ingredients were added.