As always the children have spent lots of time outdoors. This year we decided to get real Christmas trees for the outdoor areas and the children found these really interesting. They were keen to help decorate them which helps with developing fine motor skill as getting baubles on with little hands can be very tricky indeed. Once decorated the children enjoyed seeing the lights on when they were outside and it was dark. The snowy weather provided lots of opportunities to further develop fine motor skills rolling snowballs. They children also enjoyed the challenge of counting how many snowballs they could make. A special visitor gave the children a wave from a safe social distance as he passed by.
The children have been really busy this month exploring the changes in the weather outdoors. They have been describing how it is feeling colder and have been sharing ideas on how to keep warm by wearing hats, scarfs and gloves etc. They were very excited to find some ice had formed in their water tray and they were keen to hold it (and put it in their pockets). They are now going to find out more about how water turns to ice. They have also been on bug Hunts and found lots of different bugs using their magnifiers. They rummaged through leaves and under tyres and old boxes to discover different bugs to look at.
We have been playing outdoors every day. The weather is changing and we have been talking about hot and cold, rain and sunshine. We have enjoyed collecting the leaves and looking at all the new colours, playing in the water and we even painted our wall orange like fire so that the firemen can come to the rescue. The children always enjoy the mud kitchen and role play making tea, coffee and dinners for everyone even the cat.
Water Play – Using the water to paint the walls and other surfaces. This helps develop fine motor skills which children need to help their mark making and writing skills in the future. Transient Art- we have a transient art area outdoors. The children make use of all the resources such as pasta, photo frames, place mats and natural/loose part resources outdoors. Transient art benefits children in many ways, it encourages children to use their imagination, problem solve and express themselves freely through their play.
We have spent lots of time outdoors since we returned to nursery. We have had so much fun playing with our friends again and we have using our energy to build obstacle courses with our tyres and beams. We have also been making progress with our balancing skills and our turn taking skills.