Halloween & Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Party & Pumpkin Fun with the Babies

We all had lots of messy fun using our spoons to scoop out pumpkins and exploring the insides. It smelt ‘very funny’ and the seeds were all ‘slimy and gooey’. Toddlers had fun scooping out their own pumpkins and babies really enjoyed exploring the pumpkin, feeling the different textures with their hands & feet!

We have also been exploring spooky noodles. We used our fine motor skills and pincer grasps to pick up the noodles using tongs and our fingers!

Playing in the jelly was extremely fun, some children even had a little taste!

We did many more activities including colouring Halloween pictures and cutting out some different shapes to make pumpkin faces!

Vegetable Painting

Today we have been vegetable printing in Pre School. We have been very creative mixing the colours and making different patterns on our paper. We have discussed what foods are healthy and unhealthy and why it is so important to eat fruit and vegetables.

The children used half an apple to dip in orange paint to make marks. This involved putting an apron on, grasping the apple and washing their hands after, which reflected physical development.

The children were making prints to turn into pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. The children were able to follow simple instructions and enjoy the sensory experience!

Pre-School – ‘The Leaf Man’

This week we have been learning all about the ‘Leaf Man’ which is a book written by Lois Ehlert.

This is linked to our autumn topic. Today we have had lots of fun making ‘Leaf Man’ biscuits and really enjoyed decorating them to look like faces.

Baking

Baking with the Children

We regularly enjoy baking sessions with our children at Little Ducklings. The children love it and feel a real sense of achievement when their cakes come out.

Before the activity we washed our hands and spoke to the children about the importance of hygiene when baking, explaining about germs. We then helped the children measure out their ingredients, as per the recipe. This encouraged the children to count and work with real care.

Then the fun (messy) bit – mixing! The children loved getting stuck in and mixing their ingredients together. When doing this we encouraged the children to talk about the feel and texture of the different ingredients and what they thought they would taste like.

The cakes came out great and the children got to take home their creations for their parents and siblings.

Sensory Ice Tub

Playing With Ice

Children have a lot of fun and get a lot of benefits from playing with this sensory ice tub. The amazing thing about sensory play is that it opens the door to so many wonderful learning opportunities such as imaginative play, language exploration, fine motor development for pre-writing skills, co-ordination, social interactions and so much more.

Sensory play allows for many unstructured learning experiences giving children the freedom to explore and discover the world around them.

Police Visit

Visit from The Police

We recently had the Police visit us at the nursery, as part of our theme for this term which is ‘people who help us’.

The children got really excited, trying on the police clothing and hats. The police encouraged lots of communication from the children and when asking the children what their job was, one child said “to get the bad guys!”

The police talked about the equipment they use and encouraged the children to handle the badges and walkie talkies. Some put the jackets on, saying how heavy they were.

The officers also showed the children the police car and let them put on the sirens! The children really loved this and enjoyed the whole experience.

Pre-School Muddy Puddle Walk

Jumping in Muddy Puddles!

Some of our pre-schoolers have been to the woods in their wellies today to take part in the Muddy Puddle Walk to help raise money for Save the Children.

We saw some squirrels in the trees! We also sang “we are going on a bear hunt, we’re going to find a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared……..oooh mud, thick oozy mud, we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we have to go through it!! Squelch squerch squelch squerch !”

Babies Water Play

Playing With Water

Water play is both enjoyable and educational. It helps children develop hand-eye coordination and maths and science concepts. It also enhances social skills and encourages cooperation.

Fire Brigade

Visit from The Fire Brigade

Luckily for us one of our parents in a Fireman. He kindly volunteered to bring in members of the Fire Brigade to discuss fire safety with the children in a fun and engaging way.

The Officers spoke to the children about fire alarms and questioned them about what to do when it sounds. They also asked the children what telephone number they should call in case of a fire, to which many of them correctly replied ‘999’.

One of our practitioners also tried on all the uniform they have to wear which was extremely warm. At the end of the session the children crawled underneath the fire blanket to show the children how to escape a fire. The children also got to explore a fire engine and had a go with the hose, which they loved!

‘KIXX’ Football

More than just football!

The 2-5 age range is a key developmental stage for all children and our in-house football sessions hit all the major gross motor skills goals such as agility, balance, and coordination. They also emphasise things such as self-confidence, listening and communication skills and of course being part of a team.

What is most important is that we aim to make every session fun.

To book your child on the next football session contact our office for more details.

Sports Day

Every year Little Ducklings hold a sports day for our toddler and pre-school age groups.

All of our children and parents are invited into the nursery to take part in a series of different activities and sports outside in the nursery grounds. We do a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities, including traditional favourites such as the ‘Egg-and-Spoon’ race, three-legged and bean bag racing.

It’s a really enjoyable day for both the children and their families, and also makes for a great photo opportunity.

Snow Days

The children have had lots of fun in the snow recently.

We have observed similarities and differences and talked about changes in the world around us. We have also introduced other climates and cultures, with a focus on the North and South Poles. We have learned about the lives of the Inuit People and found out about the animals that live in the snow and ice.

We also took the opportunity to have some fun and play in the snow. One of the activities we carried out was making Snow Angels, which is a great activity to target the tactile system, our sense of touch, as the children learn about textures and temperatures as the snow moves under there arms and legs.

The children also learned about safety different dangers that can occur with snow.

Creative Painting

The children have been getting creative with paint…

Using different parts of their bodies such as arms, feet and hands to create pictures,  today children took part in a fun sensory activity which allowed them to explore using their whole body, which helps them with their hand-eye coordination.

Additionally, painting can help children learn sizes, shapes, patterns and designs. These are all critical aspects of their curriculum during pre-school years. Painting helps children develop their decision-making skills. They need to plan ahead as they choose which colour should be used for different parts of the painting.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading!

Pupils and staff had lots of fun when we celebrated World Book Day.

Lots of the children came into nursery dressed up as their favourite book character. The children enjoyed telling us all about their characters and why they are their favourite. The children shared their favourite books with everyone throughout the day.

Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy.

Easter

Easter at Little Ducklings

As part of this years Easter celebrations all the children were involved in activities organised by our staff. Some of these activities involved making some Easter buns along with a Easter Egg hunt in the woods.

It’s a really enjoyable day for both the children and staff to take part in.

Trip to the Café

Pre-School Trip to the Café

We recently took our pre-school children to the Bolthole Café for a snack.

We encouraged the children to walk sensibly and to check for cars before crossing the road, whilst talking to them about the importance of road safety and the dangers the road can bring.

They sat really well and enjoyed a nice slice of toast made by the very kind ladies at the café, using their manners impeccably when ordering and receiving their food.