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Babies have been exploring a wide variety of materials this term. They have been engaging in activities such as mixing the dough for making biscuits, pan cakes and play dough. For Chinese New Year celebrations, babies used their hands to fill and empty large containers. 23/2/18

Ocean Room: Children have been exploring their new heuristic basket. They enjoyed exploring the textures and shapes of natural objects and materials. This was a fantastic opportunity for developing children’s eye-hand coordination, turn taking, taking risks, raising curiosity and finding out new ways of doing things. 23/2/18

Rainbow Room: The children have been engaging in ‘Super Worm’ themed activities. Today they have been digging in the our growing area and compared the length of the worms they found. They also have been learning to use one handed tools such as tweezers to pick spaghetti (Pretend worms). Super Worm story has been a favourite book at story time and the children are beginning to recall the story. 23/2/18

In Baby Room, the children have enjoyed retrieving objects which were hidden in different types of sensory textures such as shaving form, flour and sand. Practitioners used this opportunity to encouraged the babies to learn some single words of each objects that they found. 19/1/18

It has been an exciting week in Ocean Room. The children have enjoyed a wide range of painting activities including body painting which was very popular. The children have explored textures and observed various marks they made with different parts of their bodies. This was a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about colours, turn taking and develop their fine and gross motor skills. 19/1/18

Rainbow children have been engaging in various fine motor skills activities. They have been learning how to use one-handed tools such. The children been learning how to use scissors to cut materials and textures to make masks. Rainbow children also enjoyed other fine motor activities such as threading and mark making. 19/1/18

This week in Baby Room we have been exploring different textures and colours. Our key persons have introduced coloured shaving foam and mark making activities. We have been observing the marks we make while painting with coloured blocks, fingers and sponges. 5/1/18

In Ocean Room, the children have been introduced to their new key groups. They have been engaging in activities such as searching for sea creatures hidden in various places within the room, gluing and sticking and cooking. 5/1/18

Rainbow children have enjoyed sorting, comparing and categorising colours and sizes. They have been using coloured unifix cubes to build structures of various sizes and compared them to find out who had the tallest and shortest towers. 5/1/18

The Baby Room children have been mixing materials to create tree 

decorations and calendars and then finishing them with paint and glitter. As I am sure you have noticed the children have been immersed into Christmas with songs and dancing and lots of tinsel. 14/12/17

The children in Rainbow & Ocean have been part of a sea of glitter the last few weeks as they have designed, written and drawn Christmas gifts and pictures. The exploration of Winter and Christmas is in full swing and the children are thoroughly enjoying exploring the changes that the environment has been demonstrating. 14/12/17

We have been welcoming a few new friends into Baby Room and introducing them to our fun and most enjoyed messy play activities. This supports the learning area Expressive Arts and Design, explores and experiments through a 

range of media through sensory exploration, and using whole body. In the past two weeks we have had water, flour, shaving foam, cornflour, body painting, sticking, mark making with crayons, jelly and rice, pasta and oats play. 16/10/17

Exploring ‘The Gruffalo’ story has seen lots of smiles and laughs in Rainbow room this week. The children have been making Gruffalo crumble for all to eat and natural resources have allowed the Gruffalo to visit the room. Using a number of malleable materials the children have also been designing their own Gruffalo and the variety of places the children wanted him to live. 16/10/17

The messy play sessions this week have allowed the Baby Room children to explore their senses. The children enjoyed their water play and also using their body to paint. The children have also begun their introduction to five rhymes and stories and are enjoying participating within these sessions. We have also been encouraging sharing and understanding that toys can be used by others. 22/9/17

Rainbow and Ocean children have been practicing and enhancing their finger strength, fine motor control is one of the first steps to holding a pencil and writing. The children have been cutting, using a range of scissors, threading using different shapes and sizes and tipping, pouring, filling and emptying malleable materials. Colour sorting and painting has also formed part of the adult directed activities that have been completed during the week. 22/9/17

Baby room has a summer/seaside theme for our 5 Rhymes and Stories this half term. The babies love their new books and have been learning new songs. Water play in many different colours with sea creatures, pots and containers has been very popular! The babies have been exploring different textures using their sense of touch when engaged in many other messy activities such as body painting, wet flour, corn flour, shaving foam and sand play. The children were fascinated when mixing paint colours, filling and emptying, picking at some funny textures and making a big splash! 22/6/17

The children in Ocean and Rainbow Rooms have been following their interests of ‘Superheros’. They have been designing their own superheros, dressing up and joining in with Superhero dancing. 22/6/17

Recently many of our older toddlers have transitioned to Ocean Room, lots of new babies have been welcomed and settled. We are making adjustments to the room to accommodate so many who are not yet ready to sit up or walk on their own for example new chairs, adjustable height tables and some new toys suitable for younger babies. 12/5/17

The Rainbow children have been creatively using flowers. They began by painting a still life of flowers, looking at and talking about the shapes, sizes, colours and parts of the flowers. They have used flowers to print with making repeated patterns across the paper. They are going to do some experiments standing flowers in dye to see what happens! It is good for the children to work with natural materials.
In Ocean, the children have enjoyed cooking this week focusing on the children’s interest. During the process of making cup cakes the children were embedding the skill of following simple instructions and were taught about hygiene and safety whilst cooking. 12/5/17

Baby Room have been learning the skills to be able to playing alongside others. They have been practicing these skills by singing “Row Row Row Your Boat”, and pairing up with a friend to pretend to row like a boat. The babies have also been developing the skills to interact with others and explore new situations when supported by a familiar adult. They have had great fun getting messy in the gloop during a sensory play activity. These are skills the children are learning to develop their personal, social and emotional development and with their self-regulation skills.10/2/17

Ocean and Rainbow Room have been celebrating Chinese New Year. The children looked at the Traditional story of Chinese New Year and why it is celebrated. They made Chinese lanterns and danced to Chinese music with scarves, pretending to be Chinese dragons! This is supporting the children to understand and promote British Values particularly the value of mutual respect and tolerance. It is important to share experiences with each other and to celebrate a diverse community. Dancing to Chinese music encourages the children to use their gross motor skills and move rhythmically. The children have really enjoyed displaying their lanterns and celebrating their achievements. 10/2/17

The Baby Room is looking very festive and everything is wonderful and new, they have Christmas songs and music and Christmas crafts. They have been experiencing different textures including paint, glitter, gloop and shaving foam. They particularly enjoyed playing with snow they made from shaving foam and corn flour. 14/12/16

Rainbow & Ocean children have been engaging in various Christmas activities. Most Children have enjoyed making food for Santa’s Reindeer. They enjoy talking about Christmas including Father Christmas, and giving and receiving presents. Many of them went to Sunshine Room to watch the Christmas Nativity…next year it will be their turn! 14/12/16

babyThe Babies collected leaves on an autumn walk in the park. They used the leaves to make their patterns and talk about the colours. We have welcomed some new children to Baby Room recently and it is good to see them settling in. 24/10/16

Rainbow & Ocean – The Harvest theme has been explored with Five Rhymes and stories and lots of colour and pattern around autumn. The children are still enjoying the leaves and conkers in the garden.
Outside children are learning about capacity, floating and sinking and how water moves in the new cascading water trays and pipes.
Outdoor play is an essential part of the children’s experiences at nursery whatever the weather so warm waterproof clothing and welly boots all help to keep them warm and dry. We do have some wet suits for the mud kitchen but toddlers exploring the natural environment will always find the messiest bits! So please don’t send them in their best clothes! 24/10/16