July brought very warm weather to St. Albans which gave the children even more opportunity than usual to enjoy the nursery gardens and explore the outdoors. The children discovered how to stay safe in the warm weather by wearing sun hats, suncream and drinking plenty of water. When the temperatures rose, we still spent time outside by using the garden early in the morning and enjoying walks down the shady Alban way. The large tree provides natural shade alongside the sail we have erected over the nursery garden, meaning the children have plenty of safe space to be outside. The children enjoyed a range of activities to keep cool such as splashing water and exploring ice, and paddling pools were in each room for children of all ages to enjoy.
The children have been showing a strong interest in wildlife during the summer months, with many conversations being shared about animals and plants that have been spotted in the outside areas. The children have been planting their own flowers this month, discovering how to use tools to move soils and bury seeds underneath and how to care for the seeds by watering them daily. The children become fascinated and watched with interest as stalks and leaves grew out, giving the children the chance to develop an understanding of growth and how things change over time.
At Monkey Puzzle, we love for Parents and Carers to get involved as much as possible so we were very grateful when one of our lovely parents offered to visit and share activities with Red Monkeys. Being a physicist, she provided Science based activity ideas which were both fun and interesting! The children learnt about clouds with cotton wool over sieves, using pippets to drop water over the cotton wool repeatedly until the water came through the sieve into the jar underneath…. This activity provided an excellent learning opportunity as the children discovered more about clouds and were particularly interested in how clouds can hold a certain amount of water before it starts raining! On another occasion she encouraged the children to combine every-day consumable items to create an effect such as mixing bicarbonate soda with vinegar to represent a volcanic explosion! The children waited in anticipation to see what would happen and enjoyed discussing their experiences afterwards.