Halloween at Woodentops

This week we put up our revamped birthday board. The children love looking for theirs and their friends pictures on the board. It’s created a lot of discussion.

Our fairy garden, set up with children’s help.

Some models built by the children.

We made slime this week. The children enjoyed the feel of it, lots of descriptive words used such as slimy, cold, stretchy, sticky used.

Our treasure bags came back full of goodies that our families had collected on their walks over half term.

The children worked together to make a picture from their collections.

Our fire 🔥 engine built by 5 children following on from their interests from last Half term. So we asked Potton Fire Station if they could bring their engine in.

The children were really interested and had a ball squirting the water from the hose.

Spider sandwiches chosen by the children after reading the book. Fun on Halloween where the children dressed up and played with cauldrons made from pumpkins.

All in all a super week with lots of learning going on.

Last week of half term.

This week was busy and rather a lot of fun.

At the network meeting on Tuesday we discussed school admissions. Children’s applications need to be in by 15th January.


The 16th April is when you get told what school your child has been allocated. Make sure you put 2nd and 3rd choices of schools on your application otherwise you may get allocated anywhere that’s got space. Everyone needs to apply, having a sibling at a school does not mean your child has an automatic space. Tell Woodentops where you want your child to go so we can start planning our visits. Our school visits will take place after 16th April, so we take the children to their allocated schools.

A magnificent build by one little one who chatted about his design as he built it. He worked how to balance the bricks by trial and error. This was the beginnings of a crane built on Monday.

Conkers- the children used the conkers in their creations. One made an owl and then decorated it with many colours of paint which looked really effective.

Here is a line of conkers, each one painted very individually and were counted in place. Lots of glue was used to make sure they stuck to the card.

This is the end product of the crane, built on Wednesday.

Cooking on Wednesday.

The children chose to do wraps. Vegetarian or ham. Each child had a chance to have a go, some felt they didn’t want to which is fine. Lovely that we encourage them to make their own decisions, they are all aware if they don’t make it there will be nothing to take home. The children used scissors ✂️ or a knife 🔪 to cut up their vegetables. We discovered that lettuce is really easy to rip up. Once they’d put what they wanted in their wrap, they rolled it up, then wrapped it in the foil and put it in the fridge.

One little 2’s idea of a den. She spent ages choosing the material and pegging it to the stands. As she worked she chatted about what went where. If she needed help she asked the adult to hold the material whilst she pegged it.

Making foot prints.

Using the water to make footprints whilst her friends painted the path with water. Lots of talk about how many, the size of the print and when others joined including adults, how much bigger or smaller they were.

Fire engine 🚒 building

One little one, having built a camp fire last week went on to do a fire engine this week. He was supported by 5 friends who discussed about how and where everything went. They made sure there was space at the front for 2 to ‘drive the engine ‘ using a wood cookie as the steering wheel. Planks of wood became hoses and the milk crates were stacked to become a ladder which they took in turns to climb, use the ‘hose’ to put out the fire 🔥 and jump down from the ladder. They encouraged each other especially when one was a little unsure of climbing 3 crates by reducing it to 2 and helping him climb up. Once he mastered it, another was added and he jumped from it just like his friends.

Each child hopefully had a brown bag given to them to collect things on their walks over the half term. If you didn’t get your bag, could you collect bits in a carrier bag instead? Please bring them back to preschool next week and we’ll be doing lots of fun things with them.

We hope you all have a lovely week and we’ll see you back in the 29th October.

Macmillan coffee morning and our fabulous week.

Our beautiful den.

Building an obstacle course where there was lots of discussion about what would go where. Testing out their ideas and then readjusting the equipment to make sure it was ok.

Washing out our rolling seats. Lots of things got washed even friends.

Mark making

A combine harvester.

A Birthday cake.

Painting the path. Lots of talk sharing their ideas and turn taking.

Our fairy garden. The children are really interested in fairies. It has sparked their imagination.

Preparing for our Rock show. We had guitar playing, lots of drums, bells and shakers playing to ‘we will rock you’ led by one of our 4 year olds.

A beautiful cake made by Charlotte, one of our parents. It was dairy, gluten and wheat free. It tasted glorious according to our winner. Thank you so much Charlotte.

Our raffle prizes for our coffee morning where we raised £150. How fantastic is that?

Planting some very large daffodil bulbs. The children enjoyed playing with the soil, filling the pots and we talked about what the bulbs needed to grow into lovely daffodils 🌼.

Den building

This week we welcomed another 2 little ones to Woodentops and they settled very well.

In the garden, the children spent lots of time working together to build dens using the fence, stands, material and lots of pegs. They talked and took turns, planned what would go where and debated when what they did didn’t work. It was fascinating to watch. This went on throughout the week.

Hot chocolate!!!! She spent ages sorting out this for her friend.

Our snails came back in. The children talked about how big they had grown over the summer. We found our baby snail and then put some suggested names in a bowl. Lots of suggestions like red, bus, Shelley, snail, unicorn and brown, the winner was Sprinkle. He’s a little bit camera shy so we will get a pic next week. He joins Sparkle and Herbie.

Areas set up for children to explore.

Our Fairy set, made by 2 children. The fairy house is made out of the wooden bricks and the fairies hidden inside.

One of our little ones spent a long time designing her picture. She chatted about what she was doing and why with her friends and the adult supporting her learning.

Second week back and it’s been so much fun.

This week we had Nisha come and meet us before doing her fabulous Spanishtastic session. The children loved and went home saying ‘Hola’ to their parents and carers. Brilliant as most of them hadn’t done Spanish before.

A little one built a fabulous train track and then added lots of rainbow bridges. He was really busy for ages and it was his 3rd day at Woodentops.

In our ‘home corner’, the children love having the flowers. They help sort them into their little vases. They are really good at taking care of them and they have not been knocked over. We also have some china cups and plates that the children are being very careful with and using fantastically in their play.

The children used their imagination and inspiration from the equipment around them to build a car. They took turns in driving it too.

A new road for the cars to see how fast they can go. The balls went even faster and further along the path.

A little girl loves lining up toys, she also grouped them into colours.

Some lovely building inside, again children working together, sharing ideas and planning how they wanted their building to look and be used.

First week back in Sept 2018

This week has been so much fun. We’ve had 14 new little ones join us and they have settled so well. Our older Preschoolers have been very kind and caring helping their new friends. We’re really proud of how they have come in and played, shared the toys, explored and chatted. They all are a lovely group of children.

We have painted 4 prints for our book bags, lunchboxes, our bags and the Welcome board.

We had some water and sand play. The diggers moved the sand around and we added lots of water to make the sand ‘stick’ together.

We lined up lots of toys.

We made a combine harvester.

Inside we enjoyed playing with the different provocations that had been set up.

Our notice board.

Playdoh designs.

All parents have an All About Me form in their child’s reading and communication diary. Please can you all fill them in? Thanks

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Summer Holiday Fun

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful summer holidays. This year all the children received their own travelling bear for the summer holiday.

They also had some cress seeds to grow. We’ve had a fantastic response with some photos of cress growing.

One of mums did a lovely description of what her little ones did with their cress seeds. The boys have had a great time checking,watering and eating it, much to my surprise.It really does go to show that if you grow or cook something yourself there’s a greater chance you’ll actually try it and eat it!This has been proven with other cooking activities we have tried over the holidays too!

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.