‘Floating Ribbons, Bouncing Balloons and Splashing in the Water’ Week Beginning 3rd July 2017…

Gibbons with ribbons…

Twirling ribbons in the air, seeing streams of assorted colours weaving in the air, the Gibbons enjoyed ribbon dancing to different multiculturalism music. Throwing the ribbons in the air, the Gibbons liked swirling them on the floor making patterns with the material. Throughout the week, they also made their own shakers using bottles and plastic cups filling them with rice, pastas and beans. Combining the ribbons and shaking their new shakers, the Gibbons created interesting sounds along to the music. Getting creative with tree trunks, the Gibbons places their hands in green paint and printed their handprints onto leaves to make their own trees in their room. Covering the floor with tin foil, the Gibbons used their feet to walk along the foil crunching with their toes and feeling the cold sensation along with the shiny surface to walk along. Finally, mixing together shaving foam, ice and glitter, the Gibbons had messy play after playing outside cooling off feeling the cold texture of the ice with the soft sensory shaving foam. Most of the gibbons thought the shaving foam was food as it mostly ended up in their hands and on their face but the activity was still great fun especially when they realised they could clap and the shaving foam spray everywhere like snow.

Baboons, balloons and boats…

The Baboons had different areas to choose from where to play in this week, with one corner being our Dinosaur Small World with sand and caves for the various sized dinosaurs to go in. With herbivores and carnivores roaming around the Baboons chose their favourite dinosaur to be. Carrying on the dinosaur theme, they did sensory stencils rubbing paint over the dinosaur stencil to create the outline of their favourite beasts. The dino art proved to be a hit with the children displaying their artwork proud around the room. In the next corner along, there was our water play corner with weight boats in. The Baboons had the task of find the right weight from the different containers to choose from that would fit in the holes in the boat to make the boat sink in the water. For those who wanted to carry out a more feminine activity, there was a princess mosaic task for them. Sticking assorted coloured tiny tiles within the outlines of the several princesses to create a finished perfect princess. Lastly, after all the messy and creative play, the Baboons finished off the week with a balloon party filling the room with assorted colour balloons throwing and lifting them up in the air, dancing to happy joyful songs all in celebration for one of our new Baboon children’s birthday.

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…

It was another week of glorious sunshine and hot weather, and making the most of it, the Gorillas took a trip down to the beach collecting stones looking for cool interesting shapes, colours and sizes of stones. They brought them back to show their friends who had been up at the allotment. using their collected stones, they made the letters ‘p’ and ‘o’ that they have been learning about all week in their phonics games and everyone said their sounds. Finishing off they had their snack and went for a little paddle before coming to their nursery to join their friends who had been up at the allotment. The Nature kids have been researching all about butterflies this week, so when they got to the allotment, they went on a butterfly hunt trying to snap and draw pictures of any they can find. The Gorillas discovered the best place to spot butterflies was over by the shaded tree trunks which we sat by observing. With our pineapple finally growing roots, the Gorillas have planted it in a big pot in the garden and we hope to have a pineapple tree growing in our garden very soon. The Nature kids bought back flowers from the allotment to use in the Reggio Emilia area. They discussed the way the flower smelled and the colour of the petals and leaves contrasting with each other and after drawing the flower using different art pencils like chalk, crayons and felt tips the Gorillas then cut up the flower to sprinkle on their drawing. The Gorillas room turned into a zoo this week, when the Small World Area was transformed into a zoological garden. They acted out the different animal sounds from each animal and spoke about their favourite one.