June has been a very busy month at Monkey Puzzle, St. Albans as the children have had the opportunity to delve into a range of exciting activities and learning experiences.
Children of all ages have been exploring food this month… Food is a big part of the children’s day at nursery as they enjoy 4 meals each day while they are with us. It is very important to us that we provide children with a healthy and balanced diet and an opportunity to eat a wide range of different foods. We feel strongly that if children become familiar with all sorts of different food products from a very young age, it builds the foundation for them to continue these healthy food habits into adulthood. We are very proud of our 4 week rolling menu which is tasty, nutritionally balanced and multi-cultural and we will be sharing this with our parents at our Menu Taster afternoon on 30th June.
One of the ways we encourage children to explore and become familiar with a variety of different foods is through fun and interesting activities throughout the day. This month, the youngest children have used foods as a tool to paint with, showing an interest in the marks that can be made with the inside of an orange or an apple, and delved into fresh salad leaves and herbs discovering the feel, smell and taste. The oldest children showed a fascination in how some foods are different on the outside and inside, working collaboratively to cut open peppers, avocados and lychees to discover the texture and patterns inside. Children of all ages have enjoyed tasting some of these foods raw and cooked and discussions have been shared about how they are different after they have been cooked.
In other news, we now have a pet Budgie, Ronnie! Ronnie is a very friendly and chatty Budgie and the children have spent the month getting to know him, talking about the bright colours on his feathers as well as the noises he makes and discovering how to care and look after him. The children at Monkey Puzzle have always shown a strong interest and fascination in living things and the world around them and we have a range of animals visit us regularly throughout the year, so we are all very pleased that we now have Ronnie to live with us permanently.