This month the babies have taken a keen interest in wild animals. To tie this new interest in with our activities, we have used a variety of sensory play to create settings for the small world animals. Using dry porridge oats, leaves, sand and soil, the children all have great fun experimenting with the different textures and creating lots of marks with the animal’s foot prints. Some of the children even made sure the animals had some food, by feeding them leaves. The children’s vocabulary was supporting during these activities and imitating the animal sounds really brought the activity to life.
This month we all took part in Healthy Eating Week, to learn about where different foods we eat come from, talk about what types of food we like as well as what types of food are good for us. The Toddler units have been taking part in a variety of activities about Healthy Eating, including making their very own ‘Healthy Eating Plates’, using a variety of foam shapes and paint to represent different fruit and vegetables. The Toddlers also took brought healthy eating to their cooking club, where we used a variety of healthy toppings on whole wheat dough pizzas. The children tried different food types and were very happy with their finished products, great job little chefs.
This month we took part in Build a Den Day for our termly Stay and Play session. Both adults and children got creative building dens using a variety of resources, raising awareness about the importance of shelter for children across the world. Great job everyone! To continue on from our Dinosaur topic, we also got creative using salt-dough to create different dinosaur bones and fossils, which we are going to paint to and use in our play, making discoveries in our soil and sand trays. Thank you to all parents and carers who came along!