The finished product.
On Monday one of our little ones was lining up the weights in size and weight order.
We got out the connecting camels to add to his interest. Other children joined him.
A few of our activities on one day.
On Wednesday we took our older children to Sutton Lower school for our usual half termly visit. The children loved having a ride in the cars and then avoiding the puddles as we made our way to school. Once at school we had a brief play in the class before the sun came out and we were able to play outside in the sand, doing some digging for gold in the dirt and then fishing for feet! We had a lovely play in the field exploring the lovely wooden pirate ship and climbing frame. Then we met the parents and carers in the front car park.
Thank you so much to Sutton for having us, we’re already looking forward to our visit next term.
The children really enjoyed working on their gifts for their Mummy’s. The artwork on the cups will fade over time if put in the dishwasher.
Last week has been lots of fun, carrying on with the week before’s interests- lots of water and splashing. We added bubbly water to the tuff spots, pots, teapots, bowls, sponges, syringes and spoons.
All these activities of squeezing the sponge and using the syringes to fill the pots, will help the muscles the children need to write- grow, form and work at becoming stronger. The pouring and measuring of water will enhance the children’s mathematical skills by allowing them to work out how much they need to fill the pot up, how heavy the pots is and that it gets lighter as the water is poured into bowl. They develop and idea of whether the small pot will hold the same as the large pot. They are doing such fantastic learning but as far as they are concerned they are having lots of fun and playing.
We got our beautiful drums out this week, another interest followed. The children had helped themselves to the beaters from the instrument drawer and try out the noises on the tables, chairs and tuff spots in the room. We had 4 drums between 18 children. The drums were spaced between the children, those that did not have a drum, clapped their hands. They all listened well and practised doing loud, slow, fast and quiet by rubbing their hand over the drum. To ensure all the children had a go with the drum, we said ‘stop’ and used the sign for stop, then the children had to pass their drum to the next person.
Our activities this week were:-
The children tried to build a tower as tall as them using the Duplo. They worked hard together, whilst one held the tower the others would find the bricks they needed. Then they would swap over. It was a real joint effort and only fell apart when the tower got too tall to be added to. That didn’t put them off they tried again, giving the tower a bigger base to see if that would make it more stable.
I wonder what fun and learning will happen this week.
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When we do cooking, the children make their own food with help and guidance from the staff.
We scrunched up a shredded wheat biscuit. It’s really good as it looks like straw or twigs when squashed.
We added some melted dark chocolate. We worked for each shredded wheat biscuit we needed 17 dark chocolate ‘buttons’ to cover. We melted the chocolate in the microwave for around 20 seconds.
We stirred the mixture, making sure the chocolate covered all the shredded wheat.
The finished product smelt delicious and the children were eager to take their nests home.
We lifted the mat and had a good look.
The children have a great time in the mud kitchen area. They add water to make the mud all sloppy, measure and spoon out what they need. They have lots of discussions about what they are doing and why, then they share their ‘food’ with their friends and staff.
Yesterday was a glorious day and we got to spend a huge amount of time in the garden.
The flowers were beautiful and we found a lone daisy in the grass.
We went treasure hunting and found lots in our mud pit.
We ‘sifted’ the soil in the colander.
We made a birthday cake, which we tried to make it as tall as possible- using lots of mathematical language and counting the ‘candles’ (coins) and adding as much as could fit to the cake.
We made another cake, adding sticks as candles and found a huge ‘candle’ to put in the middle.
We made an obstacle course trying to avoid the crocodiles in the water, and doing lots of balancing, working together to make the planks balance, discussing ideas and putting them into practice.
And we made castles.
This week we’ve had lots of fun planning our tea party.
One child spent a lot time building a huge car ‘park’.
He tried to work out where the truck would fit.
And realised it was too big.
The farm all set up ready to explore.
A sea world With lots of different animals having a swim, in the middle of the train track. The child that designed this knew all the animals and named them as he placed them in their specific places.
The wheels on our wooden car. We had lots of cars around the room, some with passengers and some 2 seaters. We had lots of discussion and teamwork amongst the children.
Building a house for the people.
A special tower.
The room all ready for the children to come and do lots of exploring, playing and learning.
So this term we have welcomed 11 new little ones to join us at Woodentops. We are really proud of how well they have come in and settled plus how well their parents have managed leaving their most precious child with us. It is a privilege for us to have them.
The fairy reel and fairies have gone down a treat. The children added small squares of material (from the craft area) to make beds for their sleeping fairies.
This ‘tunnel’ is much more fun for jumping on and seeing how high we can go.
All ready for Jules and Sam from the signing company. The children loved the session, especially the bubble song.
We have had lots of crafting going on. The children help themselves to all the bits they want to use with a little support from the adults.
The team work and making up of rules as they build and then use their obstacle course.
Tea party anyone?
This was no longer a book, but a tray. Sorting out the kitchen bits ready to start done ‘cooking’. And when she had finished I’m proud to say she put everything back (reset) where she got it from ready for the next person to use.
Super proud of how well we did in Potton Show. Next years one is on the 12th September.
Next week we have the photographer in on Wednesday 18th from 10 am to 12pm. All parents and childminders are welcome to have their child’s photo taken. Just pop in.
Macmillan coffee afternoon is on the 26th September from 1pm to 3pm. We have a raffle with fantastic prizes, lots of cakes and some fun activities for the children.
All parents should have received this months newsletter. If not speak to a staff member.
We took 36 children and lots of adults for a lovely play at the RSPB on 21st June. The longest day and it was beautiful.
We had a fab time making lots of different dens using all the wood we could find. Snack was custard creams, bourbons and breadsticks to ensure all the children could eat snack safely.
We found some red ants busily moving their eggs after we accidentally moved the roof of their home. It was fascinating to watch.
One of the children wanted to find some ear wigs, and the RSPB woods did not disappoint. We found lots.
We made pictures out of the wood and spent time collecting different coloured leaves, pine cones, small and large pieces of wood and even soft peat.
One child spent a long time cutting up the string and adding it to her picture.
We visited the pond and found some very bouncy, springy peat to jump on. It was like a trampoline.
The geese and their goslings weren’t too impressed at being watched so went to hid in the bushes. When we first got to the pond there was a heron having a swim. He soon flew off.
On the 1st March, we had Sally and Den visit us to help plant some apple 🍏 🍎 trees in huge pots donated by Deepdale trees Ltd.
Working how big a hole we needed to dig to be able to put the roots in comfortably. Den was really helpful at suggesting ideas to the children and we used lots of mathematical language.
Magic root growing sprinkles. The children took it in turns to sprinkle the powder on saying the magic words.
The apple trees all secure, just got to wait for the buds to start growing. We’re hoping to plant them in Potton Apple 🍏 🍎 orchard in November.
To celebrate world book week, we started visiting the library 📚 on a Tuesday morning with a few of our older children.
Laura read us a few lovely stories.
A lady made out of play doh.
Fire engine play.
I like how the children work together to build their cars and trucks and every time they look different but they are more intricate with the children using ideas from all the differing experiences.
Tower building with the instruments.
A very intricate town built by 2 children. They added a ‘laptop’ later made out of bricks.
Story making time. The children used these props to make a story up. Kathryn wrote down their story and then they acted them out at story time.
We woke the snails 🐌 up from their sleep. They needed a bit of warm water and some heat from the heat mat to wake them up.
you could hear the operculum cracking as Sparkle started to come out.
Coming out to say hello to the children. Every day a child is responsible for feeding and ‘squirting’ the snails with water. The children get very excited to be a helper.
Den building with a difference. Everything was put in the den today. Lots of working together, sharing ideas and listening to each other.
A very smiley face made with masking tape. We have discovered masking tape is sooooo easy to tear and it’s also great for developing these pre writing muscles.
Rather fantastic cutting through quite tough card and in a straight line.
Tea party anyone?
Woodentops take on rocket building.
Various laptops and our own work station with 3 laptops. The children supported each other by describing what they were doing and why.
Celebrating Red Nose Day with painted on noses and wearing our pyjamas which was very exciting as far as the children were concerned.
We had red Nose cakes and flapjacks.
We really like constructing and building at Woodentops. I think we may have many engineers in the making.
Bonfire 🔥 We had a discussion about what would burn and what would melt- ‘well plastic of course Jackie’.
Adding a new dimension to building, using many boxes to see if we could reach the ceiling. We were so close with help of one of our little ones older sibling.
Fantastic drawing from 2 of our 4 year olds.
Some beautiful pictures made for special people to celebrate Mothering Sunday.
These poor dinosaurs were feeling really poorly so they were wrapped up in bandages and left to ‘rest’.
A rather huge screen for his laptop. The wooden brick is his ‘mouse’.
Mother’s Day treats made by our lovely children.
This was fascinating watching this little one draw his grandparents, parents, an uncle and his 2 cousins before adding himself on the bottom of the page with ‘huge’ muscles.
Mother’s Day morning where our special ladies joined us and had some breakfast rolls and drinks. They had yummy iced biscuits made by their children and a bag full of goodies for Sunday.