Growing sunflowers is one of our favourite annual activities! We were a little late in sowing our sunflower seeds this year but, are hoping that, with this amazing weather we’ve been experiencing these past few weeks, that we have some lovely Sunflowers soon!
We’ve just experienced the wettest winter on record and with Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis bringing some high winds as well it’s possibly one of the windiest too – certainly in the lifetimes of the little ones I look after.
So, the sight of golden, yellow daffodils in the garden, parks and village have been particularly welcome. During the recent half term break we enjoyed these gorgeous daffodil wreaths which lifted our spirits in this particularly gloomy Winter and served as a reminder that Spring is on it’s way!
I have spoken about our love of stickers here at EY&B before! These stickers scene boards from Baker Ross in particular, are fantastic. We have enjoyed all sorts of themes – Genies, Snow Princesses, The Solar System, Spring Animals, Easter Egg Hunts and Santas Workshop to name just a few.
Children are given their own board depicting a scene to which they can add numerous stickers off a sticker sheet. It’s a great activity for developing fine motor skills. The children love having ownership of their very own board and sheet of stickers. They love to chat about where they are placing their stickers. The themes are a great topic of conversation and help extend the children’s vocabulary learning new words such as “sleigh” and “carriage”.
“I’m gonna put my Princess in the carriage here”
“I’m going to put my polar bear here”
“I’m gonna put my snowflakes in the sky”
“My snowman can go in the pond”
Little ones from as young as two can enjoy these and children up to the age of 7 in my care are currently still enjoying them very much too.
Areas of Learning Covered: Communication, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills), Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.
The children have enjoyed colouring these fun Pudsey Bear pictures this week. They older children have been supporting Children In Need by buying lots of fun Pudsey Bear merchandise at school, dressing in non-uniform in return for a donation and buying some yummy cakes from the cake sale.
As a childminder with two school runs, multiple children’s nap times to manage and hot lunches and dinners to prepare, getting out comes with its challenges so Outdoor Classroom Day was a great impetus to get us outside.
We were blessed with beautiful skies and sunshine so armed with just waterproofs to protect us from the wet ground we headed out.
We started off by feeding the ducks…
And some beautiful swans swam over to see us…
Then we had a fun game of pooh sticks…
We saw some lovely sheep…
Before taking a nice walk and jumping in some big muddy puddles…
We went back home for a nice hot lunch and a long afternoon nap…
We had a lovely morning chatting and discussing what we could see. We experienced lots of different surfaces underfoot and found that some were slippy like the wooden bridge when wet. We got up close to open water and listened closely to instructions to ensure we stayed safe.
How did you spend Outdoor Classroom Day?
Areas of Learning Covered: Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.
The children have been loving their Halloween themed Arts and Crafts the past week or so. We try not to start too early to avoid Halloween fatigue setting in! We’ve read spooky Halloween themed books, coloured pumpkin masks, painted and coloured fun, hanging bats and enjoyed lots of spooky stickers!
These were all enjoyed by children ages 2, 4, 5 and 6.
Stickers and Bats from our favourite Arts and Crafts suppliers Baker Ross.
I mentioned yesterday that conker collecting is possibly my
favourite activity to do with the children. In that case, feeding the ducks is
a close second! Once again, it’s fun, it gets us out in the fresh air, the
children always love it and it’s free! What’s not to love!?
Our favourite spot is our local lake and meadows…
It’s an activity we can enjoy all year round.
Here we are last Winter…
In the Summer…
And now, in the Autumn…
As a childminder of course I am always linking activities to the EYFS and with this simple activity we can cover a great deal –
Areas of Learning Covered: Maths, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Communication & Language, Physical Development and Understanding the world.
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I think conker collecting is my favourite activity to do with the children. It’s not just fun, it gets us out in the fresh air, it’s easy and it’s free! The children, whatever their age, all love it too.
We are extremely lucky that we have a beautiful horse chestnut tree just seconds from our door so on our way to school and back each day collecting conkers is a highlight of our day. We also have some other favourite spots to collect them too.
Areas of Learning Covered: Physical Development, Communication & Language, Understanding the World, Mathematics and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
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