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.
Yesterday was Outdoor Classroom Day https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ which is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor play and learning.
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.
Bonfire night is always a fun annual commemoration to explore with the kids. The children were busy after school today creating these fun firework pictures. Aren’t they great?!
Wishing you all a very happy, fun and safe Halloween!
Pumpkin masks and bats from Baker Ross
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.
The children have been busy with lots of Autumnal Arts and Crafts. These lovely felt and glitter leaf shaped stickers used in these lovely pictures were from our favourite Arts and Crafts supplies Baker Ross
Aren’t they lovely!
One of the most challenging tasks as a childminder, is entertaining children of different ages. I find that Arts and Crafts are a great way of including everyone, whatever their age.
Whilst I supply all the necessary tools and materials to make and produce a craft, the older children can complete the activity all by themselves, however intricately they wish, whilst younger ones may prefer to enlist my help with tricky cutting and sticking. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers can enjoy the sensory and messy play experience of handling different materials and gluing and sticking.
These card wreaths for instance were enjoyed by a 5 year old and a 2 year old:
And these pirate chests and swords were created by a 10 year old and a 4 year old.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary has said he is “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for all children going to school in England.