March 2021 News
March has been a month full of celebrations at Monkey Puzzle, Orient Close with children of all ages exploring everything Irish and Welsh as they created their own flags, dragons and shamrocks for both St David’s and St Patrick’s Day. We also dressed in the countries traditional clothing and tried their traditional foods such as Welsh Cakes and Colcannon. Mother’s Day has also been a big focus at Orient Close this month as the children spoke about what their mummy’s do for them and why they love them whilst creating beautiful cards and gifts to take home.
Our youngest children in Yellow Monkeys have spent the month delving into and exploring a variety of textures including soil, sand, foam and cottonwool whilst creating textured pictures and a big mess! They have also thoroughly enjoyed listening to music and moving their bodies to the beat, this has become one of their favourite past times and is often accompanied by a room full of bubble to pop. Further to this, our amazing staff have been developing our babies communication and language through taking part in various role play including the home corner, hair dressing kit and office role play.
Blue Monkeys have particularly enjoyed exploring with their bodies this month as they used a wide range of colours to paint their body parts and print them onto large scale paper. As the Spring months begin, our babies have spent time looking at bugs and insects including butterflies, bumble bees and spiders to extend this further they have created their own versions of the bugs to create their beautiful Spring display – this was of course accompanied by lots of songs and stories including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Incy Wincy Spider.
Black and white has been the theme in Pink Monkeys this month as our toddlers explored objects, marks, shapes and patterns. They used paint brushes and rollers to make marks to create their own spots and stripes, to further this our clever little monkeys started to identify animals that are black and white including Pandas and Zebras, many of which were able to create their own animals using spots and stripes.
Red Monkeys have been looking at the life cycle of plants and how they grow, getting their hands and fingers muddy as they started to create their own vegetable patches. So far they have planted spinach, rocket, tomatoes, lettuce, peas and mint and eagerly check them daily, commenting on the changes they have noticed over time. They also converted the tufty tray into an allotment, developing their motor skills and they used spades and trowels to dig and find potatoes, onions, carrots and even Pak Choy!
World Book Day and Comic Relief gave us all the excuse to dress up and have fun! Children and staff alike enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters, sharing stories with their friends and even retelling and creating their own stories using the puppet stand whilst Comic Relief brought the carnival to Orient Close.