It is hard to believe we’re nearly half way through January already but it has been a steaming start to the year at Young Friends. We have had lots of lovely new children joining the fun in the last week and a half and have more starting gradually over the next few months. It’s been great for both children and the team to get to know our new friends and we are really looking forward to a fantastic year ahead.

The Chimps have welcomed three new faces over the last two weeks and they are all who are all settling in brilliantly. It has been surprisingly mellow considering….. Carly and Cheryl have been teaching them all animal MAKATON signs this week in group time. The room has been full of toy vehicles to move around, hats to try on and treasure baskets to explore. They have been clapping along to songs at song time and The children have also been busy doing hand printing and even managed to fit in some cooking too.

The Howlers have had an action packed week as always. Just to name a few things they have been cutting and sticking positive images to make into laminated books (don’t worry the team did the laminating) for them to look at together. They have been burying and searching for hidden glittery and shiny treasure in their sand which has been really good fun and they have been playing with marine life and doing role playing with their green shiny ocean scene. They have cooked every day this week. The team have been using our nursery healthy cook book to make healthy tomato and cheese puffs which the children have really enjoyed. They have used herbs and rolling and mixing skills and they came out really well. They have also been playing ball games at group time with their bumpy sensory balls and playing really good games of catch.

The Baboons have getting really immersed in their very own market stall in their home corner complete with a till, money, baskets, weighing scales, real fruit and veg for weighing, counting and selling. They’ve been very creative with coloured shaving foam artwork. They have also been learning about the importance of hygiene and made germ bugs for their new display by blowing paint through straws. They have had a whole area full of paraphernalia to do with babies and they have been dressed, washed and thoroughly looked after – their parents have clearly taught them well! They have even found time to dig for worms in the garden.

The Gorillas have kicked off the New Year with a bang – literally. They had a visit today from Irena’s friend who is a primary school science teacher. She kindly offered to come and do some fascinating age appropriate science experiments with our preschool children and they absolutely loved it.It was perfect for them. Among other things they made erupting volcanoes and marvelled at an electrical orb. They did experiments with oil and water and lots of other things. They have been running about like mad outside and practicing their footballing skills (which were pretty impressive I have to say) and Sizzles (the rabbit) has been accompanying them to the garden. Their role play corner has been a school this week with registers, book bags, uniform’s and lunch boxes etc. They have been working at holding pencils correctly using ‘quacky fingers’ as well as practicing rhyming words in extended learning time. They welcomed three new friends who are all having a fabulous time.

Until next week welcome to all our new babies and children and have a wonderful weekend x

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