Our Daffodil Tubs
The summer term saw the end of our beautiful daffodils.
After a chat about life cycles, the children agreed to help chop the stems back. This was a great way of practicing our scissor skills in the outdoor environment. The children started seeing who could chop the longest stem, we raced to see who could fill up their bucket the fastest and then we found something…
…What is it? Lots of questions were asked, lots of answers were speculated over. We looked in our flower book but we couldn’t find a picture to match. With Melissa’s help we found it on the internet. We found out that it was a daffodil pod. We opened it up and found some tiny seeds!
The children did a great job of planting the new flowers.
We love Frozen!
An absolute favourite (throughout the whole of the summer) was ‘Frozen’. Boys and girls were singing the songs from the film and so a lot of our activities were based on this.
One activity which captured our imaginations was making Olaf.
We mixed shaving gel and glue together, added some sparkle then painted using our hands and brushes. The children did a great job of following instructions and creating some fantastic masterpieces. They also decided to add twigs for arms!
We had so much fun planting the flowers in the secret garden that the children who stay on a Wednesday afternoon decided to grow some herbs in our side garden. The tub was empty so the children had to work hard as a team to fill the tub up with soil. The soil was super stinky! It had horsey poo in it (which we learnt to be manure) so we put on some gloves on to protect us. Putting gloves on was difficult but good practice for when the weather gets colder.
The children then found stones so we could separate the herbs.
The children chose one herb each and sprinkled the seeds in to 1 section. They speculated over the rocket seeds – would real rockets grow so we can travel to the moon?
The children soon realised that real rockets would not grow as tiny green shoots started to poke out of the soil. The rocket grew so fast that they decided that must be where it got its name from!
Caterpillars and Butterfly World
Next came the caterpillars. Penny was given a butterfly cage and found some caterpillars while chopping a bush in her garden. So they came in to nursery. The children were fascinated by them and enjoyed looking at them through the net with their magnifying glasses.
Unfortunately the caterpillars didn’t cocoon until half term, so they didn’t get see the process but they did get to see them in a cocoon afterwards. We also took a trip to Butterfly World to see all sorts of butterflies. A lady there gave a chat about butterflies and insects, we impressed her with our Metamorphosis Song (found on the internet).
As an even bigger surprise, our cocoons didn’t hatch into beautiful butterflies but into moths! We didn’t mind though as they were really pretty moths and we had fun researching what type of moths they were. The children didn’t want to let them go, so we had to have a chat about them needing to go find food as they would be hungry.
We then became engrossed in caterpillar and butterfly crafts. The children practised their threading skills by making pasta caterpillars. One child said “now he needs to build a chrysalis to take a nap inside” (this was part of our metamorphosis song -it was lovely to see that they had understood it and were using it their play). So we went on a hunt for the perfect material, and he got straight to work on his chrysalis. It was no wonder that soon all the children wanted to make their own chrysalises!
Another afternoon activity was to do some cooking. In the past we have made cakes, granola bars, banana loaf and lots of other yummy treats, so this time we wanted to make something savoury. We decided on quiches. The children were given a ball of pastry to roll out and put in their pastry tin. Rolling was hard work and got their upper arm muscles working hard.
They then had to use their fine motor skills to prick the pastry with a fork.
The children chose a selection of vegetables to chop up by themselves, they chose their favourites then added them to their pastry dish. Some children wanted more vegetables than others. We had a chat about knife safety and the children showed us how careful they could be.
Our flowers grew!!!
We were really good at keeping our flowers watered – it was the children’s favourite job and what a fabulous reward to have beautiful flowers in our garden.
The Leeside Nursery Parent’s Committee had worked hard all year to raise money for our new shelter. Then with a final burst of fundraising they managed to raise enough money for a new sand and water tray! It’s a super-fantastic unit from Community Playthings.