What amazing weather we have had this week! We have enjoyed visits to the park, trips to feed the ducks and playtime in the garden all to the backdrop of glorious bright, blue skies. Our sunflowers are now in full bloom, just as we are seeing our first conkers falling and a change in the colour of the leaves, all in time to say goodbye Summer!
Here at Aston Childcare we have had great fun growing these fun Cress Heads.
We filled our pots with soil and sprinkled a generous amount of seeds on top. We watered our pots and then covered them with a piece of paper and secured with an elastic band. We then popped them up on a sunny windowsill and waited. In just a few days the paper on my sons pot was bulging and he was so excited to take the paper off and see the cress beneath. My seeds took a few days longer to grow but still a great result.
These are great for kids as a first gardening project and super easy. These pots just have mine and my sons name on but you could go to town on your plant pot with stickers, paint and pens to make them extra fun if you wished.
The children had lots of fun putting their fine motor skills to good use in making these bead bracelets and necklaces at the start of the Summer Holidays.
Didn’t they do well?!
The children had great fun making these hand drum kits yesterday afternoon from our favourite Arts and Crafts supplier Baker Ross.
Aren’t they fun?!
Alongside all our recent growing activities we have really been enjoying this fun flowerpot game by Orchard Toys.
The game is played by turning over all the cards in the centre of your table. You then take it in turns to roll the dice. You then pick a card to match the colour you rolled on the dice.
The game is a race to see whose sunflower is the first to flower.
We love a good puzzle here at Aston Childcare and have a huge choice for the children to choose from.
Melissa and Doug and Orchard Toys are my favourite go-to brands for colourful, educational puzzles.
Here at Aston Childcare, we love our books!
We have a wide range of books to appeal to all children. Here we are having a closer look at what is on our bookshelf.
I’ve recently been reading Elmer’s Friends to the younger children – aged 22 months, 2 and 4 years old.
It’s a fantastic story about a colourful, patchwork elephant. Elmer’s Friends is a lovely, fun book about how we are all different but worth the same. I think this is a lovely message to give to children and is at the heart of Aston Childcare.
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Happy Father’s Day!
The older children all love an activity after school. “Emily, what’s our activity today?” they ask me.
Recently they have been loving decorating all manner of keyrings to take home. They’ve enjoyed an eclectic mix of ocean life, hairy heads(!), aliens and hearts. Aren’t they fun?