March News 2020
Spring has sprung and is a welcomed opportunity for our children to explore nature and all its beauty. Whilst we have been observing seasonal environmental changes, we also have some exciting changes occurring on the inside of our historical nursery setting…
We are extremely enthusiastic to introduce Yellow Monkeys to Monkey Puzzle Orient Close this month! Following a re-furb of our upstairs area, our youngest babies have been enjoying spending their time discovering their new and exciting environment. We even used yellow paint to get messy and create beautiful flowers for our spring display, this has been extended through babies taking the time to explore spring through nature in the setting’s wonderful outside areas. Further to this the children were then provided with various resources such as paint, cotton wool, paper and inter-stars in order to create their very own sheep and blossom masterpieces.
Our oldest babies in Blue Monkeys have also enjoyed exploring their new fresh and stimulating environment and snuggling up with their new books in the mirrored den has definitely become a favourite past time. Blue Monkeys have also developed a strong interest in food and have thoroughly enjoyed attending tea parties and picnics in the home-corner, feeding their peers and soft toys a variety of interesting meals! Communication and language were also developed as the babies were able to name and identify the foods and drinks they were exploring whilst matching the objects to those seen in picture books. From this the babies were provided with a real-life experience and were able to develop their fine-motor skills, senses, mathematical language and much more, as they weighed out and mixed ingredients together to create their own scrumptious cupcakes.
Pink Monkeys spent time discussing and preparing for Mother’s Day. Listening to the story ‘Guess how much I love you’ sparked many conversations between the staff and children discussing what they love about their Mummy and the favourite things they do with them! The children then used several mark-making materials to create their own unique Mother’s Day cards. Also, this month our toddlers were provided with wonderful opportunities to explore natural resources through exploration of rose water scented ice and water play scattered with colourful rose petals, thus encouraging their sensory exploration. The children were able to explore textures, observe the ice melting, name the colours of the rose petals and take in the beautiful smell of rose water.
A wide variety of tactile sensory experiences were created for Red Monkeys throughout March inclusive of crazy foam messiness and hidden animals in oats to discover! Our eldest children had so much fun as they were encouraged by their carers to listen to music whilst painting; the children sang and danced as they dipped their feet into paint thus creating a colourful rhythmic masterpiece which has been used to create a wonderful display. The outside areas offered the opportunity for our pre-schoolers to take part in treasure hunts which saw the children following clues and reaching prizes, encouraging their word recognition, reading and language skills all whilst working together as a team!
Also, this month the children have been developing their knowledge and understanding of the world through exploring Welsh and Irish traditions as the whole nursery joined in St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day celebrations! Across the age groups our children explored and created traditional Welsh symbols, using their body parts to paint, created crafty daffodils and delved in to the colours of the Welsh flag equipped with leeks to take part in large scale mark making activities. On St Patrick’s day, the Irish flag could be seen radiating around the setting as the children dressed in traditional Irish clothing, created the Irish flag using chalk and paint and finished this fantastic day off with some very yummy colcannon for tea.