As we welcome the new year in, we have also welcomed lots of new faces as we get to know new children. Blue Monkeys have been enjoying sensory experiences by looking at their reflections in pebble mirrors and balls. They also extended their interests in by delving into paint, cornflour and shredded paper and looking at their hands in surprise.
Although it may be chilly outside, that does not stop Monkey Puzzle, Orient Close from using the outside areas and the local Alban way. As snow fell on St. Albans, the children’s excitement grew and stories have been shared about how much fun was had with their families at home. Blue Monkeys snuggle in the buggies to enjoy a walk every morning, while Pink Monkeys and Red Monkeys wrap up warm to explore the nursery gardens.
To Celebrate Australia Day, the whole nursery dressed up in colours of the flag- red white and blue. The oldest children used paint and star shaped cut-outs to create their very own Australian Flags, while Blue Monkeys used pat painting to squish the colours together. Pink Monkeys used their finger tips to create Aboriginal artwork, copying traditional printed patterns found on the artefacts they were lucky enough to observe. Red Monkeys tasted Vegemite, independently spreading it onto toast fingers, and worked collaboratively to find Australia on the world map. It was decided that Australia was indeed far away!