Connecting Camels and Mother’s Day

On Monday one of our little ones was lining up the weights in size and weight order.

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We got out the connecting camels to add to his interest. Other children joined him.


Lining them up

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Putting the camels into colour groups

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Repeating patterns

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Buried treasure, under all the chains

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Making circles. adding a smaller one.

Lining up.

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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.

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Bubbly water play and drums

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:-

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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.



Our fun filled week.

Some of our oldest preschoolers did their taster session Potton Lower school on Friday. We hope they really enjoyed it and look forward to hearing all about it on Monday.

Monday morning and a few tables set up to stimulate the children’s play and learning.

We made lavender smelling playdoh out of a lavender plant. The children spent time cutting up the lavender and putting it in a ‘vase’. The pencils were stuck in the playdoh.

This poor dog had 2 sore legs so was bandaged up carefully with the playdoh bandages.

This weeks notice board.

More areas set up ready for lots of learning.

The boat one of little ones made which floated. 😊

Some of the children washed the dolls in the big bath. And another little one washed his oranga and hung up to dry.

Potton Apple Orchard Visit

We had a lovely visit from Sally this morning. She brought a hamper basket full of apples that were sponsored the Country Store.

The Country Store also donated some vouchers for us to spend. Thank you so much.

The children were eager to sit under the gazebo and listen to Sally.

She showed them how to turn the Apple as it was peeled and cut.

The skin that came off was really long. It was taller than Jackie. We hung it on the fence.

Fun in the sun.

Water ready for the children to help themselves. We have it set up inside and outside.

What are they going to make? The ideas are endless and we encourage the children to use the curiosity to explore what we put out. Could it be potions, dinner or something else?

Banana cakes too today

Super necklaces to choose from.

Our seaside provocation to explore.

Looking forward to a fun filled day.

Fathers/Special persons Day celebration

We had a lovely morning at Woodentops today. The children invited their special person in to celebrate with a bacon or Sausage roll. Bacon and sausages were donated by Clayton Butchers. They tasted fabulous so thank you so much. They could also have a vegetarian burger or sausage roll.

The children thoroughly enjoyed doing some flowers

Making some strawberry or chocolate mousse

Sharing books

Drawing pictures

And they had a great time in the garden playing with their parents.

Thank you so much for coming. The children love showing you what they do at Preschool.

Water beads and flowers

On Monday, the children planted out the sunflowers, tomatoes and pumpkins.

We discovered our potatoes and strawberries had really grown over the holidays. We’ve got lots of green strawberries- we had lots of chat about how they need to be red before we can pick them.

We made dairy and egg free cakes. The children experimented with touching, smelling and tasting the ingredients before mixing them together.

The children built some dens, inside and outside. They made a tower for their people and had great fun in the ‘rocket’.

With the flowers, the children produced a beautiful salad, the leaves were cut up using scissors to make the lettuce and other resources added to finish off the salad.

Water beads are so much fun. They bounce and make a lovely sound when poured. They feel lovely to hold although very slippery.

We had the teachers visit from Potton Lower on Thursday. The children were eager to listen to what they had in their shoe boxes. They shared books with them, eagerly showed them round Woodentops including our lovely garden and played with them. The teachers were impressed with how confident our children were.

Some of our provocations set up ready for the children to explore and follow their curiosity.

On Friday we cleaned the chalk of the path. We had 3 brushes and some paint brushes. We all took turns in cleaning the path and the walls. The children were very enthusiastic.

So much so, they cleaned the signs too.

Last week was a fabulous week with lots of learning and exploring.

I am in total awe of how our children take what we provide and move it in to a totally different dimension. It’s fantastic and all based around them and their interests.

Our Visit to Standalone Farm

We had a fantastic visit to the farm today. We took 26 children, 16 parents and 8 staff with us and it was fun even though the weather was a little dull.

We met some very noisy piglets with the mum and others that were sleeping through the noise!!!

We said hello to some very cute lambs and then moved on to meet some goats, a pony and a shire horse having a rest as he had a seed in his foot last night.

We met a goose trying to have a sleep and 3 drakes.

We had snack before going to see the Kuna Kuna pigs having their lunch.

Cilla was having a drink first.

We had a walk round the gardens and found a lovely sandpit. The children enjoyed having a play before going off to feed the lambs.

The children took turns with feeding the lambs who were very eager to have their milk.

We all had a turn at grooming the pony, the pony liked the children’s attention.

After lunch we played in the ride ons and in the play barn before meeting some very cute ducklings and rather large guinea fowl chicks. We said hello to the huge rabbits and a few guinea pigs.

Then we had a lovely play in the play area, watched the trains go round before having an ice lolly.

Woodentops fun 18th May 2018

Our beautiful butterflies hatched out over the weekend.

One had wings that hadn’t formed properly so he became our little pet. We released the others on Friday with the children.

Burgers being cooked.

Th children were using the animals in their role play. Acting out their ideas through the animals, having lots of discussions and sharing of ideas.

This was fun and a little messy. We mixed cornflour, liquid soap, PVA glue and a little water. Lots of descriptive language and discussion about how it was going to turn out. Later we took it outside to see what would happen in the sun.

The children made a walk way and then took turns to walk along it avoiding the ‘sharks’. They built a tower to see if it could go all the up to the slide. It fell down so they rethought about how they could make it stay upright. The children worked together to build it again.

Playing the music instruments.

Parachute play. The children got the parachute out and played cat and mouse. In the end we had 5 mice and 2 cats trying to catch the mice. Lots of giggles with the rest of us trying to wriggle the parachute.

This is loose parts play. The children liked exploring the different items especially smelling the cinnamon and star anise. We had lots of talk about what they were doing and how they were using the different pieces.

Jackie’s bird.

This is a drawing of the flowers we had donated from Potton Tesco’s.

Pre writing practice using the laces.

Exploring with the light box.

A little bit of junk modelling using rather a lot of glue.