The children at Monkey Puzzle have shown a strong interest in the frequent changes in the weather this month and the sunshine and showers have sparked many discussions about the weather and changes in seasons. The children enjoy spending time outside in all seasons and with the wide variety of weather we had in September, they have been learning how to stay safe outside, come rain or shine! Children of all ages have been discovering Autumn, spending time in both of the nursery gardens and the local Alban Way walkway to collect fallen leaves, and using all of their senses to explore them with fascination. Colour has been a big talking point as the children discuss the warm colours of Autumn. Blue Monkeys used the palms of their hands to squish red, orange, yellow and green paint under cling film, showing an interest when the colours mixed together while Pink Monkeys ‘recycled’ the leaves they had found to create their own unique artwork. Red Monkeys were more interested in the different shapes of the leaves and used stampers with paint to recreate the leaves they had collected.
Also this month, we raised money for children with genetic disorders by participating in Jeans for Genes day! All the staff and children (and even parents!) arrived at nursery wearing jeans or other denim clothing and all day there was a range of exciting and very blue activities for the children to delve into. The children re-decorated old jeans with paint and glitter and made their own mini jean pictures. We are very proud to support this worthy children’s charity which we have raised money for each year since we opened in 2010.