February has brought with it lots of fun & exciting celebrations including; Waitangi Day (New Zealand), Pancake Day, Valentines Day & Chinese New Year. Brilliant activities were created for our little ones to explore enabling them to discover other cultures & their traditions through all areas of development, including taste!
Blue Monkeys this month have been extremely busy developing their understanding of the world, personal, social & emotional development as well as expressive art & design…all encouraged by the wonderful world of imagination & role play. Our babies have been provided with various resources to encourage this, creating many different settings & scenarios for them to engage in. A couple of their favourites are; Animals & Vet set which saw our youngest children caring for Dogs & Cats, feeding them, tucking them in with a blanket to sleep & some even sang to them. The office role play set sparked lots of lovely language as it enabled the children to press buttons & use telephones, babbling in to the receiver…” Hiya”! The Home-Corner has also provided the children with lots of opportunities to cook for their fellow Blue Monkeys & their carers, carefully placing food on plates, into bowls or in the oven & drinking from cups.
Our talented Pink Monkeys have been extending their love of singing & nursery rhymes by exploring them through creative play. The children were provided with many different resources in their tufty tray bringing the nursery rhymes to life. For ‘Baa baa Black Sheep’ black coloured rice, white flour & crazy foam, ‘Jack & Gill’ Green coloured oats, small world people & bowls & a huge sensory clock was created with flour & black coloured rice numbers for ‘Hickory, Dickory Dock’. Pink Monkeys also enjoyed making pancakes, valentines cards & exploring Chinese New Year through colour.
In Red Monkeys our eldest pre-school children have been developing their literacy skills through exploring three letter words, the children were encouraged through a lovely activity to independently copy the words onto paper, then using a variety of coloured paper cuttings to collage over the top, this supports the children’s concentration skills & extends their learning to confidently recognise letters, spelling & sounding out words. Simple phonic books were also used in conjunction with the above. Meanwhile our younger ones of the group have been developing their continued interest in space. This has seen them writing simple space words using a pencil to trace & join the dots. They have discovered & used their imagination when talking about who lives in space such as Aliens, using their fine-motor skills to cut & stick Aliens onto spaceships!
Throughout February the nursery has been taking part in weekly cooking challenges! All age groups have thoroughly enjoyed exploring different foods, learning new skills & excitedly anticipated their end result….please keep an eye on our Facebook page to see pictures & further information on this!